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Family discounts for county rec programs could be eliminated

A discount for families with more than one child in Beaufort County recreation programs would be eliminated under a proposal presented Thursday to an advisory board.

Currently, youth sports registration for a family's first child costs $55. The second child is $45, the third is $35, the fourth is $25, and subsequent children are free.

That tiered system would be replaced by a $50 per child fee if County Council approves the proposal.

The county Parks and Leisure Services Advisory Board voted unanimously Thursday to recommend eliminating the sliding scale in its fee structure.

Advisory board member Tom Ertter said a flat fee would be simpler to implement.

"Our registration program for the most part is a manual process -- it's done off hard copy," he said. The tiered price system is "just not manageable going forward," he said.

The new structure is to take effect July 1. Ertter said the impact on large, needy families would be addressed with sponsorships and scholarships.

FUNDING PRIORITIES

The advisory board also outlined its 2011 capital-project priorities Thursday.

PALS deputy director Joe Penale presented the funding requests in order of priority:

  • Renovating the Beaufort Tennis Center, including the addition of an enclosing fence, drinking fountains and a seating area: $100,000.
  • Building an equipment storage facility at the Burton Wells Sporting Complex: $300,000.
  • Adding basketball courts, a playground and a second multipurpose field to the Lady's Island park currently under construction: $700,000.
  • Constructing the Buckwalter Baseball Complex, with four baseball diamonds, a concession area and restrooms: $3.5 million.
  • Completing the Burton Wells Regional Park, which includes adding parking and trails, four picnic shelters, a playground, a basketball court, and a skateboard park: $2.5 million.
  • The board unanimously approved recommending the requests to County Council.

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