Residents and tourists who use some of the Town of Nipawin’s facilities can expect to see a rate increase in the new year.
Nipawin council voted to approve rate increases for the Jubilee and Centennial Arenas, cemetery, playfields, and the Swimming Pool at Central Park.
Barry Elliott, Nipawin’s chief administrative officer, told northeastNOW the rate raise isn’t due to the facilities experiencing a high loss in revenue.
“Staff spent some time reviewing with other municipalities as to what their rates are,” Elliott said. “In a few cases we found that our rates were somewhat misaligned and not necessarily similar, and there were efforts to try and correct that. It’s just to get us in sync with other municipalities.”
Centennial and Jubilee Arena’s rates will see a rise of approximately three per cent, which would see an increase of $1,400 per season for a minor hockey flat rate (excluding taxes).
Cemetery rates will increase from a range of $5 to $30 depending on the service and time.
The playfields rates will also rise approximately three per cent, with the soccer association rate increasing by $21 per season, adult slo pitch by $10 per team, and tournaments and camps going up by $10.
Family admission and most instruction courses will have their rates go up at the swimming pool.
The cemetery and playfields rates will be in effect on Jan. 1, 2019, the arenas on Aug. 1, 2019, and the Swimming Pool at Central Park during 2019's swimming season.
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