Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows Parks and leisure staff is recommending admission fees and rental rates be increased as many of them have fallen below rates in neighbouring communities.
In addition, the harmonized sales tax which comes into effect in July will add seven per cent to almost all Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows admissions and all rental fees . (Children 16 and under will not be subject to HST on admissions.)
Currently, admission rates at Pitt Meadows Family Recreation Centre, the community's outdoor pools and arenas are well below average and will see a five per cent increase in 2011. Fees at the Maple Ridge Leisure Centre were closer to market rates and will be raised by .7 per cent.
The Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows user group that will see the largest increase is the Ridge Meadows Minor Hockey Association -- an estimated increase of $5,250 as well as the HST -- because they rent so much ice time. This will be partially offset by increases in subsidized ice time, the parks and leisure report states
The fee increases have to be approved by Maple Ridge council and Pitt Meadows council. If they are approved, it will increase Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows facility rental revenues by about $22,000 and admission fee revenue by about $9,000 next year.
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By Sean jordan @ One Percent Realty