KELLER (CBSDFW.COM) – Youth sports organizations in Keller will start collecting a new $30 fee from non-residents by this fall. The fees are expected to recover roughly half the cost the city has incurred from non-residents, particularly from Fort Worth, using city fields.
The fee will be collected for each participant, in each sport and for each season. The Keller Soccer Association and Keller Youth Association are considering capping fees at $90 per family, per season, to try to limit the impact on larger families.
The direction on a fee comes after Fort Worth refused a proposal in April to pay nearly half the maintenance and debt costs Keller pays for the Keller Sports Park. Keller made the proposal after discovering 47-percent of sports participants at the park were Fort Worth residents. Fort Worth does not have any athletic fields in the northern half of the city, aside from one softball field that has no lighting or regular maintenance for games.
After the refusal, Keller had considered charging user fees as low as $20 and as high as $106 per person. Sports organizations said they believed fees higher than $30 would cause too many families to leave the programs.
Keller’s parks and recreation board and the city council still have to formalize the plan within the next few weeks. They will evaluate the effect of the fees on the leagues after the first year of collections. The city plans to work further with the sports organizations to find ways to reduce overall costs, in an effort to reduce fees for families if possible.
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