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CHURUBUSCO â€” Rate hikes were debated at Churubuscoâ€™s Town Council meeting Wednesday night.
Clerk-Treasurer Madalyn Sade-Bartl suggested increasing the rental fees for the parkâ€™s Scout Building to increase revenue and offset upcoming renovation and upgrading costs. The proposed increase would raise the price from $95 to $115, effective Jan. 1, 2013.
She explained that most other facilities charge more money. The proposed rate increase would make Churubuscoâ€™s Scout Building rental fee more comparable.
Park Superintendant Rick Krider disagreed, saying â€śthe last rate increase had been a couple years ago, and patrons had been lost because of it.â€ť
He felt more patrons would again be lost with another hike so soon, regardless of remodeling and upgrades to the building. He suggested a rate increase in 2014 instead of 2013, and pointed out that Churubusco is â€śa conservative community.â€ť
Sade-Bartl countered saying, â€śI am confident the building would still rent at that price, especially when the website is completed with pictures, descriptions of the amenities and the new renovations can be seen.â€ť
She also suggested adding a $25 security fee, pointing out that most other buildings charge between $110-$125 as a security deposit.
Krider cautioned against this saying â€śin my 16 years I have never seen damages. We have tried deposits in the past. It had been a mess to return the money, so we dropped the deposit program.â€ť
Mark Pepple suggested a compromise saying â€śI donâ€™t think now is the time to raise fees, but perhaps more publicity would help generate more revenue for the building. If people knew it was available, they would rent it.â€ť
The resolution to increase the rental fee was tabled, while the resolution to create a security deposit was passed. The new security deposit will be in the amount of $25, but those with existing contracts will be grandfathered in.