Last week, Tooele City changed the way it calculates user fees at Dow James Recreation Complex.
The city previously charged a universal fee of $25 per hour or $100 per day in addition to a $150 deposit. But staff found the universal fee wasn’t flexible enough to meet their needs, Brian Roth, director of parks and recreation told the city council during a work meeting on Oct. 19.
As a result, city staff sometimes negotiated different fees on an individual basis with certain groups. For example, the city negotiated a different fee for an indoor soccer league because charging $100 per day of the league seemed unreasonable, Roth said.
In addition, before the administration understood only the city council has legal authority to waive fees, there were times the administration waived the rental fee, Mayor Patrick Dunlavy said during the discussion.
Under the new fee system for Dow James, fees are organized in a three-tier system to provide flexibility. The tiers include: health/recreation activities, community/nonprofit events and general/business use.
No fee will be charged for activities that take place on the fields outside the building or events sponsored by the city, Roth said.
“We don’t charge for outdoor activities, but the building’s a little different,” he said. “There are more costs to maintain it, power it.”
Anyone who wishes to use the building for a health or recreational activity must pay $5 per participant per reservation period, or every three months.
For those who want to hold a community or nonprofit event in the building, the city will charge $10 an hour, with a maximum charge of $50 per day.
For corporate events and all other types of uses, renters must pay $25 an hour, with a maximum charge of $150 per day.
In addition to paying a rental fee, all groups will be required to purchase insurance or obtain waivers for their event, as specified in their rental agreement with the city. Renters will also be charged a $50 key deposit.
Rental fees will never be waived unless the city council approves it, Roth said.
“The most common use [of the Dow James complex] is for sports or sports-related activities,” he said. “There is an indoor soccer league, various basketball practices and some baseball/softball practices.”
The Tooele City Council approved the new fee system during a meeting last Wednesday at City Hall.
The Dow James Recreation Complex is located at 435 W. 400 North. Anyone interested in renting the building can call Tooele City Parks and Recreation at 435-843-2143.