Niagara Gazette

Local News

September 4, 2013

Niagara-Wheatfield facility fees decried

Niagara Gazette — Are new fees for facility usage pricing community organizations out of Niagara-Wheatfield School District buildings?

Some community members believe the fees, designed to offset operating costs and salaries of workers who are responsible for cleaning up after events, are too much. They say the fees are forcing them to look elsewhere for places to hold meetings, practices and sporting events.

"They've never asked for a fee until this fall," Laura Lloyd, a concerned community member, said. "The many groups using the schools didn't know they'd be asked to pay to use the gym, the grounds in general. Everything is so nickel and dimed now."

Currently, the district is enforcing a policy its had on the books for years. However, prior to last year when enforced by then-Interim Superintendent James Knowles, the fee schedule was not followed. Organizations, including the Niagara Wheatfield Amateur Athletics cheerleaders, girl scout troops and recreation volleyball players using Colonial Village Elementary's gym one night per week, have been required to pay.

It's caused some organizations, like the cheerleaders, to increase their membership fees. Others have been forced to find other locations who aren't charging or stop meeting altogether.

Niagara-Wheatfield boss Lynn Marie Fusco said plans are in place to review the fee schedule policy soon, but wouldn't suggest changes are in order.

"We're going to take a look at the policy," she said. "But I can't guarantee we'll change anything. It costs us money to have the facilities open. Previously, the last interim superintendent did an analysis and determined what the fees should be."

Review of the policy, as well as many others in the district's manual, will fall on a review committee of board members, which she's hoping to have formed in the next few days.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
Featured Ads
Seasonal Content
House Ads
AP Video
Raw: More Than 100,000 Gather for Easter Sunday Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest
Opinion
House Ads
Night & Day
Twitter News
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Front page
Poll

Do you think cigarette sales to non-Native American customers should be taxed on reservations?

Yes. Items should be taxed like they are everywhere else.
No, the indian reservations are sovereign land and they are selling them on their land.
Not up to me. Native Americans decide the rules on their land.
Don't care. Smoking isn't good for you.
     View Results