Council green lights rental fee decrease

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Benson Centre

City council decided Tuesday night to lower the cost of renting recreational facilities during off-peak hours.

Cornwall's user fee committee had recommended that council endorse a 30 per cent discount for the use of places like the Benson Centre and civic complex during non-prime time hours - mostly at night.

The committee has recommended the non-prime time hours be extended to include rentals from Sundays to Saturdays from 11 p.m. to midnight effective at the beginning of the 2013 summer contracts.

But council’s decision comes with a price tag.

City administrators forecast the rental fee reduction will bring with it a $10,476 loss in revenues for the period of May to December 2013.

The city, though, is arguing that the revenue loss could be mitigated by a boost in additional clients looking to take advantage of the reduced rate.

A majority of councillors suggested the city gets nothing for the facilities when they sit empty during off-peak hours, and anything that can be done to help draw traffic is benficial.

“We have to consider our surroundings and the costs have to be grounded in what is around us,” said Coun. Bernadette Clement, alluding to arenas in Long Sault, Williamstown and Akwesasne where some have suggested a better deal can be found.

Organizations: Benson Centre

Geographic location: Long Sault

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