As part of the budget process, the Jefferson City Council is looking into the possibility of increasing recreation fees to help offset the cost of providing these services.
The proposed parks and recreation budget is $1.4 million, while fee revenue is projected to be $646,000.
The city council discussed the budget at its meeting on Monday but no action. The city council will continue to review the budget with plans to approve it at the Sept. 22 meeting.
Councilman Steve Quinn said that he is concerned that increasing the fees will lead to some families no longer being able to afford signing their children up for recreation programs.
“It’s important to me that we keep kids in the program,” he said. “These kids are too young to pick one sport. I’d like to keep them in as many sports as possible. It will help us as a community in the long run.”
Recreation director Colt Green asked, “Do you continue raising fees or look at cutting programs?”
Staff will continue looking into this as the budget process continues. The city also has not yet received the tax digest figures.
“Looking at the departments, expenditures are growing five to eight percent annually with a decreasing digest,” Mayor Roy Plott said. “It has become more and more difficult to balance a budget.”