Sponsorships might deter city recreation program fee increase

Published: Monday, October 21, 2013 at 06:30 PM.

Council President Robyn Helt suggested soliciting business sponsorships, but Steele said it would be unfair if some teams had sponsors while others didn't. Noting Crestview still has one of the county's highest millage rates, Helt said, "now we're raising rates on kids. We've got to stop it at some point."

Councilman Shannon Hayes, who had earlier moved to accept Steele's request, sympathized, but said, "Crestview is a good place for sports, but it's not free."

After further discussion, Steele said if Hayes would withdraw his motion, he would work with recreation staff to draft a sponsorship program to present in February before baseball registration begins.

Hayes agreed, but said, “Until those things happen, to sustain a program for our youth, somebody has to foot the bill."

Contact News Bulletin Staff Writer Brian Hughes at 850-682-6524 or brianh@crestviewbulletin.com. Follow him on Twitter @cnbBrian.

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