The Strategic Priorities and Policy Committee will review a number of fee hikes for everything from garbage and recycling to ice rentals, swimming lessons, and day camps Monday.
Staff are proposing a new fee of $6 for the purchase of blue boxes at EnviroDepots, with a maximum of two her household. Currently, additional blue boxes, or ones that need replacing, are only available for purchase at retail stores for a cost of $10 to $13.
A new fee of $1.50 is also being proposed for garbage containers that go over the new three container limit. Residents will continue to have the ability to dispose of extra garbage at the EnviroDepots for $1.50 per container.
User fees for recreational services and facilities will also be up for review.
At London aquatics centres, staff proposes fee increases for swimming lessons and drop-ins to facilitate issues with lifeguard recruitment, retention, and wages. Fees are proposed to be adjusted to better reflect the differing lesson lengths and number of classes, with an average increase of 1.5 to 16 per cent.
Fees for ice rentals and soccer fields could be upped by two per cent, while baseball fees could rise by up to 13 per cent. Fees related to Labatt Park are also slated for a 10 per cent hike.
The staff report proposes minor fee increases for City owned golf courses in order for them to remain competitive. City courses will continue to be funded soley by user fees.
Fees for community programs and community centre room and gym rentals could see an average increase of 2.5 per cent. Those increases are being proposed to balance increases to minimum wage and inflationary costs.
If approved, many of the new fees will be effective January 1st.
The Strategic Priorities and Policy Committee meeting starts at 4 p.m.