CRANFORD - Cranford Pool membership fees will likely be on the rise once again due to the increased New Jersey minimum wage. 

Last year, when the minimum wage went up from $8.85 per hour to $10, the town was forced to increase fees for the first time in four years to offset additional expenses. The rise was approximately 2% across the board. Being proposed for 2020 are hikes between $15-$35 that should offset this year's rise to $11 per hour and prevent a fee hike next year when minimum wage moves to $12.

Some Rate Change Examples: (First number is 2019 rate, Second number is proposed 2020 rate)

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Summer Individual Resident: $260 - $275

Winter Individual Resident: $305 - $325

Annual Individual Resident: $470 - $500

Summer Senior Resident: $70 - $100

Winter Senior Resident: $140 - $175

Annual Senior Resident: $175 - $200

Summer Family of 3 Resident: $340 - $375

Winter Family of 3 Resident: $380 - $400

Annual Family of 3 Resident: $600 - $625

Summer Family of 4 Resident: $365 - $400

Winter Family of 4 Resident: $405 - $425

Annual Family of 4 Resident: $650 - $675

Other changes for the 2020 season include changing of the Senior age from 65 to 62 and child age from 22 to 24. Guest books are also proposed to be available in increments of 5 for $40 and 10 for $80. 

The first reading of the ordinance is expected at the February 11 Township Committee Meeting.

Editor's Note: Non-Resident pool fees are also proposed to increase. Because we focus on Cranford, we only provided rate hike examples for residents.