City Council will likely raise the daily admission fees for the Ellen Trivanovich Aquatic Center by $1.
The pool fees, which are currently $3 for resident children and $4 for resident adults, are too low compared to similar pools, a state auditor’s report informed city officials.
“Essentially, the auditor says we are undercharging residents,” Ward 1 Councilman and Public Service
Committee Chairman Rob James told the Public Service Committee at a Jan. 27 meeting. “We should raise fees to come in line with similarly situated communities with aquatic parks like our own.”
The city raised pool fees the year before. Recreation Director Gary Gerrone told the committee that because of the bad weather this past summer, daily attendance at the pool was down 34 percent from the previous summer. However, because the city raised the daily admission fees by $1 last year, he said, the revenue was only down 11 percent from the previous year.
The committee should consider looking at other pool-related fees, Mayor Greg Zilka said, but it’s too late to discuss and act on those at this point, because the parks and recreation department needs to begin printing its summer program guides soon. Council should act first on the daily admission fee now, he said, and then worry about the other fees later.