The Huntington town board has approved a new schedule of fees for using parks and recreation department facilities and programs.
"This modest fee increase represents the first increase in nearly four years and applies to only a small segment of the activities and programs we provide," Town Board member Mark Cuthbertson, who sponsored the resolution, said.
The board voted 5-0 to approve the hikes at its meeting last week and the changes take effect immediately.
Golf fees went up $1 across the board. At Crab Meadow Golf Course, it will cost $30 for a resident to play 18 holes on the weekend. On weekdays, the greens fee is $28.
Daily use of the Dix Hills pool by a nonresident went up $1 with no change for residents.
At the Dix Hills Ice Rink, the hourly fee for league rental went up by $25. A new category of special event was added for such things as birthday parties, to $425 per hour. There will be no change for the public skate.
Fees were added for camps that use town facilities, both at town parks and town beaches.
Fees also went up for renting synthetic turf fields. Fees did not change for tournament rentals. A new category was created for camps/clinics/sports trainers to rent the turf and/or grass fields.
Cuthbertson said it's been the long-standing goal of town officials to have user fees cover expenses associated with providing services.
"Our residents have made it clear that higher property taxes are not an option; and fair user fees help offset costs associated with providing our vast and diverse recreational programs and facilities," he said.
For a list of fees, check the town website at huntingtonny.gov and click on the Parks & Recreation link.