NAPOLEON, OH (Toledo News Now) – The City of Napoleon is considering adding a fee to many parks and recreation activities that have previously been free to residents.
The city said the fees are necessary due to shrinking budgets and funding.
"We've never really wanted to do [it]," said Tony Cotter, parks and recreation director. "But we're at a position that we really need that extra revenue."
Cotter said these activities have been funded through a levy passed in the 1980s, but that money is running low and the city has had to dip into the General Fund. So city council is looking into a proposal that would charge fees to play on city sports teams.
Maria Pullen, a mother of four, said she is not very surprised by the fees, and they won't keep her kids out of sports.
"We're used to paying more for gas, more for milk," Pullen said. "You're not going to keep your kids home and have them do nothing and become overweight."
Cotter said they are also proposing a plan for families with lower income to have a reduced fee, so that everyone that wants to participate in the sports is still able to.
"We're hoping this won't detract from people still wanting to be involved," he said. "So we'll do the best we can."
The proposed fee to join a team would be around $20-30. City council still has two more readings on the proposal before it is passed.
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