Residents outside the Albany city limits would have to pay more than city taxpayers to get into the community pool at South Albany High School. That’s one of a long list of fee increases the city council considered Monday.
For example, a single youth admission to the indoor pool now costs $4.25. That would rise to $4.50 for city residents and $6 for nonresidents. An annual youth pass now costs $275. This is proposed to rise to $292.50 for residents and $390 for people outside the city.
So far, the rates at the community pool are the same for people inside and outside the city limits. Fiscal year 2020-21, which has just started, would be the first for the differential based on residence.
Councilors seemed to favor the differential for that and other parks and recreation programs on the grounds that city residents already contribute through their property taxes.
Nobody pointed out that the indoor community pool is on property owned by the Albany school district (actually, still the former Union High School District, according to the county assessor), so its owners presumably include taxpayers inside the city and out.
Parks Director Kim Lyddane told the council that income from recreation fees was expected to drop 50 percent because of the coronavirus.
Monday’s work session was another virtual meeting. The council has been avoiding City Hall because of corona. Instead members meet online, each from a separate place. Monday’s agenda covered proposed fee hikes for fire inspections, land use and planning permits, as well as parks and recreation.
Among other things, councilors want higher fees for repeat fire inspections made necessary by violations. First inspections now are free. The fire department proposed to charge $100 for the first one and each additional one. But the council wants the repeat inspection fees to be stiffer.
I didn’t catch it all, but as near as I could tell no decisions were made. Instead councilors asked for changes in some of the proposals, to be presented again at another work session in a couple of weeks. (hh)