Local Government

Quincy Park District to consider fee hikes

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Oct. 10, 2019 12:01 am

QUINCY -- The Quincy Park District might increase fees for several programs as the Illinois minimum wage starts to climb.

Park District staff have proposed increased fees at Westview Golf Course, Indian Mounds Pool, Art Keller Marina and activities at Moorman Park.

The fees were introduced to the Quincy Park Board on Wednesday and will be considered at next month's meeting.

Effective Jan. 1, 2020, the Illinois minimum wage will climb from $8.25 to $9.25 per hour. On July 1, 2020, it will increase another 75 cents to $10 per hour.

The minimum wage will climb $1 each year between 2021 and 2025 when it reaches $15 an hour.

"Minimum wage is a big factor in my area," said Mike Bruns, director of program services, which oversees Indian Mounds Pool and the offerings at Moorman Park.

Under the staff recommendation, activities and rental costs would climb by 25 cents. It would be the first increase since 2018.

This includes batting cages, miniature golf, and paddleboat, kayak and bicycle rentals.

Indian Mounds would see a 25-cent increase in admission charges.

General admission would be $5 for children 12 and younger, and $5.50 for adults and teenagers, with charges to senior citizens and veterans rising to $5.

Increases of $5 were proposed for season passes, and $10 increases for birthday splashes.

For Westview, staff has recommended a $1 increase in green fees to $17 for nine holes and $23 for 18 holes. A $20 hike has been proposed for season passes, and $5 increases for junior passes. Increases also are proposed for green fee punch cards, outing fees and several specials and promotions.

Field rental fees would climb by $10, and Showmobile rentals would increase by $25.

"We've been working with several different groups to bring in more youth baseball tournaments for next year to take advantage of our fields on the weekends," Bruns said. "They should be getting lots of use."

A proposal would increase Art Keller Marina fees by 5 cents per square foot. Under the proposal, it would raise the cost of a 20-by-10- foot boat slip by $10 per year. No increases were proposed for private boathouses, trailer storage nor fuel markup.

No increases were requested for shelter rentals or special events.

Executive Director Rome Frericks said the district will need to examine whether fee hikes are needed as the minimum wage climbs over the next five years.

In other business, commissioners approved the annual bond projects slated for 2020.

The estimated $1.1 million projects include resurfacing in Wavering, Indian Mounds and Gardner parks, replacing the South Park gazebo and replacing the shelter in Ben Bumbry Riverview Park.

Funding would come from a $900,000 bond sale and $200,000 that rolled over from this year's capital bond.

Commissioners also approved the annual truth in taxation resolution, which requires the district to host a public hearing if it seeks to increase its tax levy of more than 5%.