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Summerville Town Council to vote on raising fees for youth sports

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It might cost more money to register your child for sports leagues with the Town of Summerville this year.

The town council is set to vote Thursday night on a number of changes to parks and recreation fees, including raising youth sports registration fees by $5 per child and increasing youth team sponsorships by $25.

According to an inter-office memo from Doyle Best, the fee increases wouldn’t just be for sports participants; gate prices for watching games and tournaments would go up by $1 for everyone under the proposed changes.

Leagues affected include youth T-ball and flag football and adult softball and Frisbee leagues including the Summerville Men's Church Softball League.

Fees for Summerville Little League are not included in the proposed increase since it is a separate entity.

Under the new changes, adult league registration fees would increase by $25 per team.

The fee to provide lights for team night practices would increase by $5.

"We put in our town budget to increase fees (department-wide) by 10 percent; everyone looked at fees in their department and increased them to what made sense," said Russ Cornette, Summerville town engineer and director of public works. "Recreation fees haven't been increased in several years. It's a cost-of-living increase and they are nominal amounts."

Facility rentals are set to see most fee increases under the new Parks and Recreation proposed fee schedule.

The wedding gazebo rental fee would double for residents, raising the fee to $50 total.

The Cuthbert/Doty Depot Daily rental would increase by $25 for residents, climbing to $225 for the daily rental.

Non-residents would pay $50 more under the new fee for the Cuthbert/Doty Daily rental, raising the price to $450.

According to Cornette, the council will vote on second and final reading Thursday for these fee increases.

The meeting will be held Thursday, March 8 at 6 p.m. in town council chambers located at the Summerville Municipal Complex Annex Building, 200 S. Main St.

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