The user rates for facilities such as the Aquaplex and Badlands Community Facility will be going up in the new year.

Starting January 1, 2019, a two percent increase in fees will apply to the BCF, the Aquaplex, baseball diamonds and ice rinks in the Drumheller area. This was decided on December 17th during a Regular Town Council meeting.

The two percent is the matching number associated with this year's inflation results according to the Town of Drumheller's Communications Officer, Julia Fielding.

"The last three previous years, have been a two percent increase," Fielding explained. "For example, if you have an adult multi-facility membership, the current cost is $647.50 a year. It's going to go up to $660.50 a year."

This is an increase of $13.00 annually or $1.08 monthly for those who continue to use these facilities.

"Our costs are going up. Energy costs and even staff costs are going up," she said. "Inflation is currently around two percent and this meets with inflation. It does match with the increases in the operational costs that we are expecting."

Fielding wants to assure anyone who has recently purchased a multi-pass that fees, for now, will remain the same.

"From today, it's still 2018 fees. The new fees do not start until January 1, 2019."

The BCF Manager, Darren Goldthorpe issued a statement in a media release explaining that the increase in fees is a necessity to the maintenance and function of the BCF. He also states that there are days that are discounted for use of certain facilities and sporting goods and that any community member can take advantage of that.

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