Old Town Hot Springs rate increases
Lifetime member annual rates
Family w/kids $650 $325
Adult $400 $200
Senior $275 $75
Non-lifetime member annual rates
Family w/kids $900 $600
Adult $550 $300
Senior $450 $125
Lifetime six-month rates
Family w/kids $450 $245
Adult $275 $135
Senior $195 $60
Non-lifetime six-month rates
Family w/kids $650 $450
Adult $400 $225
Senior $300 $100
Lifetime monthly rates
Family w/kids $80 $50
Adult $50 $25
Senior $35 $15
Non-lifetime monthly rates
Family w/kids $135 $100
Adult $70 $50
Senior $55 $30
- New rates include capital development assessment fee
Source: Old Town Hot Springs; new rates can be found on the Web at www.oldtownhotspr..., through the "Membership" link
Steamboat Springs When rate increases go into effect April 1, many Old Town Hot Springs members will see their rates double, and in some rate categories, even triple.
Members of the nonprofit downtown recreation facility will be charged increased dues and an additional capital development assessment fee to fund further construction at the facility, including a revamp of its existing fitness center.
With a family of four, Steamboat Springs resident Dan Elliott will see his annual fees jump from $600 to $900.
"That's a pretty good whack," Elliott said. "It's going to be hard for people who've been members awhile."
Beginning April 1, a capital development assessment fee of $100 for an individual and $150 for a family will be added to all membership fees. The fee will be strictly devoted to Phase II construction costs and will be re-evaluated in three years, according to Old Town Hot Springs officials.
Phase I of the construction, which included work on the facility's pools and waterslides, is nearing completion. Phase II will include significant work to the fitness portion of the recreation center, including the expansion of the second floor over the existing parking lot.
Old Town Hot Springs' Board of Directors considered several ways to finance the construction but determined raising approximately $500,000 a year through the capital development assessment was the best way to go, said Bud Romberg, president of the board.
Phases I and II and construction at Old Town Hot Springs were outlined in the 2005 Master Plan, but since that time, increasing costs call for additional revenue.
"As with everybody else that's constructing, prices went up. And we already didn't think we'd have enough money to do all of it," Romberg said. "We promised our membership that we would do the fitness side as well as the waterslides."
Old Town Hot Springs will not proceed with Phase II until its officials are confident they can fund it, but the project will hopefully be completed within a few years, Romberg said.
"We don't want to be hanging out on a limb and putting the association and the association's assets at risk," Romberg said. "I think we need to be prudently cautious, especially given the national downturn in the economy."
Final plans for Phase II are in limbo, as the adjacent U.S. Postal Service building currently is being considered for demolition, Romberg said.
Three-installment payment plans will be available for people purchasing one-year and six-month memberships under the new fee structure, and people still will be able to trade work hours at Old Town Hot Springs for memberships.
"Everyone gripes about the cost of living here - but for what you get it's not so bad," Elliott said. "That's what you'd pay at any health club."
In November, a ballot measure to fund a $34 million recreation center through property taxes was shot down by almost 80 percent of local voters. The monthly tax increase for residential property owners would have been about $2.75 per $100,000 of assessed value, or about $250 a year for a home with an assessed value of $750,000. Commercial properties would have experienced a significantly higher tax increase.
The proposed rec center's annual membership cost for a family of city residents would have been $600. An adult annual membership fee would have been $330. Fees would have been higher for nonresidents.
That recreation facility would have been 67,000 square feet and included, among other features, an indoor lap pool, indoor leisure pool, double gymnasium with track, fitness facility, locker rooms, youth and teen centers, an indoor playground, a party room and outdoor fields.
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