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A. The director shall have authority to establish fees for the use of parks and for participation in parks and recreational activities; provided, that such fees shall be based on the policies set forth below.
B. The policies for setting fees authorized by this chapter are as follows:
1. It is the policy of the city to finance through its tax base a reasonable balance of parks and recreation services that meet the needs of the general citizenry. This financing should be directed to assure the overall administration and coordination of leisure services and for the provision of parks, open space, landscapes, parks improvements, recreation facilities, and their adequate maintenance.
2. As it relates to recreation activities, the city, through user fees and charges, may charge an amount to cover direct program costs for labor, leadership, supplies, materials, and service charges that benefit identifiable and specific groups, i.e., enrichment classes, sports leagues.
3. When unusual or hardship circumstances apply, the city may make some compensatory efforts to support special service needs, i.e., persons with disabilities or low income.
4. When the operation of facilities require special operational costs involving materials, supplies, supervision, and services, additional fees may be appropriate. The fee amount will take into consideration the goal of making the facility self-supporting.
5. The director shall provide to the parks and recreation advisory commission for their consideration and review the annual/biennial park fee schedules. (Ord. M-4365 § 6, 2022; Ord. M-3996 § 18, 2011; Ord. M-2557 § 1, 1985)