On Monday night, Kitchener city councillors decided to change the way families pay to swim at public pools.
But while purchasing passes may be more convenient than paying for each individual swim, councillors expressed concern about the 88 per cent cost increase Omega Watch Cappuccino for families, which staff say is the result of the city chronically undercharging.
However, over the next three years the cost of this new pass will be increased to $365.61 and provide a shorter swimming window.
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Council was presented with three possible options for the pricing of the three month pass: keep an immediate increase from $207.12 to $365.61, phase in that increase over three years, or lower the ultimate cost to $243.75.
"I'm just looking for some sort of compromise here for people with three kids who have to swallow that kind of increase," said Ward 9 Coun. Frank Etherington, who proposed phasing in the cost. "Maybe they could adjust to it over three years, but suddenly out of the blue it seems like a lot of money."
"We're not talking about a lot of (revenue) dollars between these options . . . but yet it is obvious that the impact is really substantial," said Ward 3 Coun. John Gazzola. "If it's a matter of convenience of using a pass why Omega Speedmaster Tv Screen
Families that enjoy frequent swims at Kitchener's public pools may be facing an extra cost in the next three years, with the price of a three month family pass set to rise more than $150.
City staff said they were aiming to make things easier by allowing swimmers to buy three month passes all year long, not just during the summer months.
"It was a significant increase, and that's only because in the past, since we implemented the summer pass, it was not going up as much as the other fees and charges, it was being held back over the years," said Mark Hildebrand, director of community programs and services. "So we're just trying to rectify that."
In previous years, the summer family pass was valid for and "extended summer duration", which could last up to four months. In 2011, the pass was valid for 16 weeks, while the new, more expensive pass, will be valid for 13 weeks.
"It was a convenience factor. It was also highly requested by the seniors and adult lane swimmers."
to the request of a number of patrons wanting to buy passes at more than just the summertime," said Denise Keelan, manager of aquatics and athletics.
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