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Fee changes coming to county parks, golf course
by Joshua H. Silavent
Oct 25, 2011 | 973 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune/John Byrne - Fees at numerous Washoe County parks, including those charged at Washoe Golf Course, will go up at the start of 2012. The adjustments come on the heels of a decline in facility use and accompanying revenue.
Tribune/John Byrne - Fees at numerous Washoe County parks, including those charged at Washoe Golf Course, will go up at the start of 2012. The adjustments come on the heels of a decline in facility use and accompanying revenue.
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RENO — The Washoe County Commission on Tuesday approved changes to the fees and charges policy for regional parks, effective Jan. 1, 2012.

The fee adjustments come after a 6 percent decline in facility use and program revenue during the 2010-11 fiscal year, which ended June 30.

According to county staff reports, the fee increases are meant to “introduce greater flexibility for our customers and manage the continued rise in demand for specific facilities.”

The Washoe Golf Course will see the biggest changes in fees as new rates affect youth and adult prices, number of holes played, private cart registration and high school teams, among others.

According to staff reports, the “Washoe Golf Course is experiencing rising rounds of play but is generating less revenue than the previous year; fee increases attempt to rebalance this trend.”

Additional new or raised fees will be seen at the weekend and day-use lodges at Galena Creek Regional Park and a $10 increase per season for athletic field use for both youth and adults will take effect.

For more information, visit www.washoecounty.us/parks or call 823-6500.

In other news, the commission accepted an update report on the status of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (AARA) of 2009, also known as the stimulus package, and its impacts on Washoe County.

To date, Washoe County has received 22 ARRA grants awards, which are intended to create jobs and promote investment and consumer spending during the recession. Washoe County has invested $11,223,605 in ARRA projects, sustaining 132 jobs, with 96 percent of the projects’ funding going to local contractors.

Stimulus funds have helped complete the installation of solar energy panels at the county’s administration building, the Reno Senior Center and the Northwest Library. Funds have also supported alternatives to incarceration programs at the Sheriff’s Office, among others.

For more information, visit www.washoecounty.us/mgrsoff/ARRA.html.

Finally, the commission recognized $8,437 in annual savings from the Sparks Justice Court thanks to the consolidation of supervision for two departments. The consolidation is meant to balance the workload of staff that has been impacted by three consecutive years of budget cuts.
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