The City of Trail has collected about $57,000 in non-resident revenue so far this year.
But it’s difficult to track who’s paid those fees because until recently, all visitors, including those from Beaver Valley, Rossland, Castlegar and beyond, were subject to double the fees to swim or work out in Trail’s recreational facilities.
Now that Trail council amended the recreation fees and charges bylaw, which provides exemptions to residents from areas such as Castlegar and Nelson, the city will have a clearer indication next year of who is using the indoor swimming pool, rinks, ball parks and fieldhouse.
Beaver Valley Parks and Recreation previously paid $209,000 under the five-year agreement that expired Dec. 31 last year, said David Perehudoff, Trail’s chief administrative officer, adding that anticipated non-residents fees that come from that area will not come close to the revenue the city previously received.
“The city was uncertain how residents in Beaver Valley would react and respond to the reimbursement program,” he explained. “Given the uncertainty associated with usage going forward, the city did not increase revenue from user fees other than factoring in historical trending.”
The city’s total user fee budget is about $920,000 and by the end of June, revenue sat at about $621,000.
“The current system clearly places strain and burden on the users and some organized sports could further impact the provision of service in the long-term,” noted Perehudoff.
“The city’s preference would be for these communities to recognize and support the facilities and services that provide a regional benefit.”