CLAY COUNTY, Fla. – Clay County leaders are getting pushback over a proposal to assist fund parks and recreation packages.
Present subject leases for youth sports activities leagues are expiring in Clay County, and a proposal was introduced up final week to interchange the present construction the place leagues pay $1 per lease with a brand new price — $20 per baby — that might go on high of present registration charges most leagues already cost.
Trevor Waters, president of the Keystone Youth Soccer Membership, advised News4Jax that the proposed per-child price could be crippling in Keystone Heights, the place he says his gamers come from much less prosperous households than these in different components of the county.
“The mother and father can’t afford it as a result of it’s a rural space. It’s a low-income space,” he mentioned.
Some mother and father like Logan Gurley had been shocked to study concerning the proposal.
“I don’t assume they need to,” Gurley mentioned. “After I performed sports activities at OPAA (Orange Park Athletic Affiliation) once I was a child, I don’t keep in mind there have been charges added onto that.”
County staff nonetheless say there must be enhancements to the leases — not just for budgetary causes — but additionally to have a greater deal with on whose utilizing county fields.
However this concept appears like will probably be despatched again to the drafting board after Clay County Commissioner Besty Condon lambasted the proposal in the latest fee assembly.
“Along with your present proposal, you might be placing on the households of Keystone Heights a 42% quantity of their income that they’ve to offer to the county simply to have their little ladies and boys play soccer. And for the baseball, softball, T-ball, soccer and cheer, it’s 24% of their income,” Condon mentioned. “That’s their hard-earned cash.”
It’s unclear what county leaders will do and whether or not the proposed per-player price can be instituted. The Clay County Board of County Commissioners has tabled this challenge till baseball season is over, possible by the tip of June. Commissioners are nonetheless in search of enter from sports activities leagues and oldsters till then.
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