Sponsorships might deter city recreation program fee increase

Crestview Recreation

Business sponsorships may eliminate the need to raise city sports league registration fee increases.

CITY OF CRESTVIEW/Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Monday, October 21, 2013 at 06:30 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Creating a program through which area businesses can sponsor city sports teams may help players avoid a recreation fee increase.

Public Works Director Wayne Steele, whose department includes the Parks and Recreation division, has asked the City Council to raise the fees to adequately cover the program cost.

Steele has said the fees haven't been adjusted in 10 years. Last year 2,147 players participated in city baseball, men's softball, cheerleading, football, soccer and basketball teams.

Because Crestview's fees are lower than those in most neighboring communities, many players from outside the city prefer to play here.

However, the current fee structure — $60 for city residents and $65 for county residents — does not completely cover the cost of offering the sports, so taxpayers end up subsidizing the program.

Fee increase or sponsorships

Steele proposes raising the fees to $75 for residents and $95 for county players. "We have to find ways to sustain this program," he said during the Oct. 14 council meeting. "If not ... this will be one of the first things that will go away" in a lean budget year.

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