Athletes across Chatham-Kent will now be able to enjoy their favourite sports without the added burden of paying field fees.
Last week, council passed a motion to waive the $10.65 sports field fee per participant for the next two years.
“Waiving the minor fee for sport field registrants will aid the groups in managing costs associated with COVID-19 protocols and allow groups the opportunity to reduce their registration fees,” the report read. “It is expected that reduced registration fees will encourage families to register their children in these programs.”
According to Thomas Kelly, Chatham-Kent General Manager of Infrastructure and Engineering Services, the reduced fees will be for outdoor fields and not indoor sports, such as hockey.
“Councillor Faas put together a motion a couple of weeks ago extending that reduction,” explained Kelly. “It was approximately 15 percent. We did not consider providing more to the arena users because we felt they had already received a reduction, and this was more or less for sports fields only.”
The municipality estimates waiving the fee will cost approximately $33,367 annually, with a total of $66,732 over two years.
The revenue lost in 2021 will be covered by the safe restart funding, while the revenue lost for the following year will be referred to the 2022 budget for supplementary funding.
The motion passed unanimously.
Bird Bouchard, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Ridgetown Independent News