Pool Membership Fees to Increase in 2012
Paying off debt service on a bond for improvements will necessitate as much as a 30% increase for family fees.
It may cost more to stay cool at the Maplewood Community Pool this coming summer.
At the Dec. 20 Township Committee meeting, Mayor Vic DeLuca updated Committee members on a pending need for increasing pool fees by as much as 30% to pay for improvements being made this winter.
DeLuca noted that the bond counsel judged that the useful life of the more than $1 million project was 11 years, not 15, compressing the payments. The 2012 payment is projected to be about $160,000 ($30,000 in interest and $130,000 in principal).
"The Pool Advisory Committee recommends increasing the fee to cover the cost," said DeLuca. A 30% increase would bring the family fee from $315 to about $400. DeLuca said the Committee suggested that the fee increase should be less for seniors.
Since the pool — which is run as a separate authority — has excess membership capacity, DeLuca said that the Pool Advisory Committee recommended opening up membership to the five contiguous towns (Millburn, South Orange, Irvington, Union and Newark) at 150% of the fee for Maplewood residents. DeLuca said that the out-of-town membership would be capped at 100, and that Maplewood residents would always take priority.
"The idea is to see if we could create a market — a way to soften the blow to Maplewood residents," said DeLuca. In 2011, more than 2,100 families for a total of more than 7,000 individuals were members of the Maplewood Pool.
No action on the Committee's suggestions would be taken until February.