City fees for sport facilities, venue rentals and other uses will be increased starting July 1, 2013 as the Garden Grove City Council voted 4-1 to adopt a resolution that would raise several fees for residents of the city.
Proposed fees increases include usage of sport facilities such as baseball and soccer fields. Fees increases will also affect rental of the Atlantis Park facility as well as staff and commodities provided.
Several of the increases will mostly effect non-profit organizations and non-residents of the city, however, residents will also be charged increased rates for some of the same services.
For example, Garden Grove residents who want to rent the Atlantis Park facility after hours will be charged $50 an hour. However, non-profit organizations and non-residents will be charged $70 while commercial organizations will be charged $80 for the same amount of services
City of Garden Grove sponsored events and activities will not be charged.
Ann Cao Eifert, a senior administrator analyst, said the new fees will help offset some of the rising costs the city incurs providing the current services related to increases in utilities and labor cost.
The fee increases will help offset about $25,000 per year for the city, Eifert said.
Mayor Bruce Broadwater was in favor of the increases, citing that costs for city services have changed.
“Our fees that we have set aside for certain things have certain costs or we wouldn’t be charging a fee for it,” Broadwater said.
“There are certain things that our hands are extremely tied on and I don’t know if it’s good or bad but it sure hurts,” he added.
Councilwoman Dina Nguyen, who voted against the proposal, said she does support facility fees increases for outside groups, but the $25,000 amount did not justify increased fees for a city of Garden Grove’s size.
“I had a chance to look through this and it has a lot to do with the usage by our children and families and a lot to do with quality of life,” Nguyen said.
“This fee increase will probably be better at another time. I think during this time we’re still struggling and families are still struggling to get back and don’t have very much,” she added.
Councilman Kris Beard said he believes the staff report was very detailed and residents could see why the fee raises were necessary to recover some of losses the city suffers.
“I think the staff report details it very well the justification and has it itemize as why the increases are such,” he said.
“This is a cost recovery of $25,000. This is not making revenue for the city. This is recouping our cost,” he added.