Fruita board alters fees for two programs

Community Center 'Buddy Pass,' summer day-camp rates changed

The Fruita City Council signed off on two separate rate adjustments this week, the result of feedback from citizens that ended up spurring the changes.

First, the city has decided to broaden its “couples” fee structure for the Fruita Community Center, which offered a discount to two adults who live in the same household. Under the previous rate structure, a “couple” could get a pass for $45 a month, versus the $30 charged for a single person.

Last year, Fruita resident Robbie Urquhart raised the issue that the couples discount might be unfair.

“By denying singles the opportunity to receive this significant discount, the facility may be engaging in discrimination,” Urquhart wrote.

Over the past year, the city said it has had multiple discussions and collected community input on the issue.

As a result, it’ll now offer a “Buddy Pass” to the Community Center, which will allow two adults who live in separate households the chance to purchase a pass at the previous couples rate.

The city said the purpose of the change is to determine if the new rate structure might increase overall pass sales at the Community Center.

Also, the City Council will up the daily rate it had planned to charge for participation in the DinoMites Summer Day Camp Program.

During development of the program, city recreation staff decided on a daily fee of either $18 or $22, depending on the amount of time the child would be spending in camp.

But when Kirk Huddleston of Discovery Kids Day Care raised concerns that those rates were below the established fair market rate of $25 per day, the council decided to reconsider the pricing.

“We’re now faced with a summer-long child care program that will be charging 25 to 38 percent less than our daily rate,” Huddleston told the City Council last month.

“If people can save $35 to $55 per week for a child for the summer, they are going to do it,” he said.

Based on Huddleston’s input and further discussion by the City Council, a decision was made to bump the rate to $25, which will be the cost no matter what time a child is dropped off for camp.

In announcing the change, the council said the raise in rates would allow the city to recover costs of the camp faster than originally anticipated.


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