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Council Approves Rankin Fee Increase

May 01, 2016 12:37PM ● By Jennifer Neys

Council Approves Rankin Fee Increase

At the April 20 city council meeting, a presentation was made by Michael Chandler, assistant to the city manager, on the Rankin Aquatic Center’s new program changes and fee increases. The last time pool fees were adjusted was in 2014, correlating with program enhancements. The presentation showed that, over the course of two years, expenses have risen with maintenance and repairs, staff costs, and increases to utilities, insurance and permits. The City of Martinez is currently subsidizing costs for the pool at a rate of over 27% as compared to fewer than 20% during the previous two years. In order to return the overall subsidy level closer to 20%, staff recommended adopting a series of fee increases, which are anticipated to increase revenues by approximately $22K (or 10%).

“These are nominal raises. The last pool got into distress because there was a policy for decades of over subsidizing it to the point where it got neglected, and we have a fantastic facility and we don’t want to see it run down,” said Councilmember Mark Ross. City council adopted the amended user fees for the Rankin Aquatic Center, which is set to open on May 2.