|New Fee Structure Will Provide Discount For Johnson County Residents|
A new fee structure for Johnson County Park and Recreation District programs will make a differentiation between Johnson County residents and nonresidents for the first time.
During its meeting on Sept. 19, the District Board approved a new fee and charges policy that sets fees for most District programs approximately 10 percent lower for residents than for nonresidents.
There are a few exceptions to this policy where fees for residents and nonresidents will remain the same. These include: leagues, golf tournaments, Theatre in the Park admission, special events, the Ernie Miller Park Amphitheater programs, Fall hayrides, and travel programs.
JCPRD Superintendent of Recreation Sharon Williams explained how the new policy came about.
"Historically, we have never given a preferential discount for county residents and a separate cost for nonresidents," she said. "In other words, we hadn't used a residential requirement as part of participation. The reasoning behind that was in the Enterprise Fund, we were totally fee-supported.
"However, it has been called to our attention by one of the County Commissioners that, in fact, we are not totally fee-supported because the county does provide some dollars for employee benefits and some of those employees are within the Enterprise Fund. So our original premise is not 100 percent valid from that viewpoint."
The new fees will be presented as a 10 percent discount for Johnson County residents and will take effect with the Winter 2002 ACTIVITIES catalog , available after Oct. 29.