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Greenwich Recreation Fees To Increase Next Year

Proposed fees up for discussion, approval at Board of Selectmen's meeting.

 

It'll cost a wee bit more for a Greenwich beach card next year and to tee off at the town's municipal golf course. But with all things considered, most residents might agree that it's still a pretty good deal.

The proposed increases to use the town's various Parks and Recreation facilities will be up for discussion and a vote at the Dec. 6 Board of Selectmen meeting.

First Selectman Peter Tesei said he thought the proposed increases to be reasonable and minimal.

For example, the daily admission to the town's beaches—which continue to be repaired of the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy—will rise a $1 to $6. The annual resident's beach pass fee also will rise a dollar to $31 for adults; $6 for children age 5 to 15 years, and will remain free for seniors age 65 and older.

The fees to use the town's ferries to Island Beach and Great Captain's Island will remain unchanged: $4 for resident adult; $3 for children; $10 for nonresidents. The special cruise fees —such as the popular Cruise to Nowhere— will increase from $10 to $15 per trip.

Seasonal tennis passes also will increase by a dollar, to $31.

Daily parking fees for nonresidents remains at $20 while a seasonal parking pass for residents with non-Greenwich registered cars will increase 25 percent or from $100 to $125.

Golfers at the Griffith Harris Golf Club on King Street will see greens fees increase by $2 for adults; $1 for seniors. Membership fees will remain unchanged—$165 for adults; $110 for seniors; $100 for juniors and $165 for town employees.

Fees for the town's summer day camps will rise $10—or to $250 for Camp Kairfree and the Music & Art Camp.

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Other increases include a $25 for seasonal paddle tennis pass to $325; a $25 increase for the Summer Fun I and II Camps to $500; hourly and daily rentals of nearly all indoor and outdoor town facilities by $10.

For a complete list of all proposed fees, please see the attached PDF.

The start time for the selectmen's meeting this Thursday has been changed to 11 a.m. instead of the usual 10 a.m. convening.

FF December 04, 2012 at 12:14 PM
First, Barbara, isn't there supposed to be a vote? Or is the Tesei Administration like that of the Soviet Union, where the press is informed of the decision in advance. The bigger problem is how this money doesn't go for any purpose - as far as I can see it isn't dedicated to any specific budget item. In fact, its just more revenue for the First Selectman's slush fund, a place where he can work out his petulant complaints about the BET not funding him. Do you know, for example, that one of his five assistants is paid out of mooring fees, and that this person is looking for a raise? But, Noooooooo, new taxes are horrible! Instead, it'll be stolen from people who need a break the most. This isn't a government, its a contest to see who can take the most out of the edges and is a discrace. We need an investigation to see where the money is really going, because it isn't going to where it is allegedly intended
Barbara Heins December 04, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Yes there will be a vote ... and as a someone who keeps a watchful eye on government, you know that these annual rites usually are approved.
FF December 04, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Yes, you are right, but it is a shame that people go bananas for a 0.5% increase in taxes, which averages around $400 per home per year on a budget that has been tightly vetted, but say nothing about the hundreds of dollars of fees jammed in without any real discussion, to feed the insatiable need for free cash in the First Selectman's office. I wonder what they really are using it for, a sixth assistant for the First Selectman? Or perhaps another assistant for the assistant to the First Selectman (don't laugh, the job exists)
Substitute Teacher December 06, 2012 at 01:50 AM
Talk about feather bedding! They should practice the Grand Old Party dogma versus simply espousing its alleged virtues.

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