Mooretown Minor Hockey proposal turned down

·2 min read

Mooretown Minor Hockey’s request to phase-in ice local rental increases has been denied.

Earlier this year the Mooretown Sports Complex announced that an hour of ice time would jump from $130 to $148. Director of Community Services Kendall Lindsay says the move is meant to address soaring deficits at the arena.

Arena revenue in 2019 was up just $4,600 from 2009, while expenses rose more than $240,000. Lindsay predicts by 2024 the cost to run the arena will hit $945,000.

During council earlier this month the minor hockey association suggested an alternative to the 14 per cent increase. Geoff Dale, a coach with the organization, presented a three year plan that would increase the rate at five per cent per year.

Dale says this would “take some of the sticker shock off a single year increase.”

At the time Lindsay expressed doubt this plan would do much to solve the revenue problem. After taking time to review the proposal in depth, he reached the same conclusion.

“Geoff Dale’s proposal to increase minor ice five per cent per year over the next three years not only affects the operating budget by $20,953 it does not consider what we are trying to achieve in our budgetary goals,” Lindsay says in his report to council Mar. 15.

“We pride ourselves in having very competitive ice rates and this is not going to change, even with the proposed ice increase of 14 per cent we are still one of the lowest prices for ice regionally,” says Lindsay.

Point Edward, Walpole Island and Wallaceburg all charge more for hourly ice rentals.

“During our budgetary deliberation, the Moore Sports Complex team really has considered all aspects before raising the cost of the ice, but with the continuous rise in expenditures we felt the price of ice needed to increase substantially,” says Lindsay.

“We have reviewed the numbers and our expenditures have gone up 4.1 per cent per year over the last 10 years and the revenues have only gone up 0.6 per cent per year over the same span, causing us to fall behind 3.5 per cent more every year,” he says.

Alex Kurial, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Independent