WESTFIELD, NJ — Swimming season is far off, but the municipal government is already considering pool fees for the coming summer.

The Town Council is set to approve pool fees that include rate hikes for some families and seniors, the resolution on the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting shows. The Recreation Commission had approved the rates prior to sending them to the council for consideration.

“We wanted to try to stay within a fair range of what it costs per day per member,” said Heather Re, the assistant director of recreation, in presenting the rates to the Recreation Commission earlier this month.

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Commission Chairman Gary Fox was the only member of the commission to oppose the new rate schedule. He objected to the increase for seniors. “I’d like to see not the senior citizen rate not go up,” Fox said. “I’d like to see it stay where it is.”

The rate for daily pool passes, which last year increased to $10 per person for guests of members and $40 for non-member guests, is not listed in the resolution set to be approved by the council, nor was it discussed by the Recreation Commission this month.

The proposed annual rates are as follows, according to the resolution:

  • The rate for a resident family with five or more members is anticipated to be $515 for residents, marking an increase of $45 over last year’s rate. The rate for a nonresident family with five or more members is slated to be $825, marking an increase of $85 over last year.
  • The rate for a family with four members or less is anticipated to be is anticipated to be $425, marking an increase of $45 over last year’s rate. The rate for a nonresident family with four members or less is slated to be $725, marking an increase of $75.
  • The rate for a parent and one child will remain flat at $280 for a resident and $530 for a non-resident.
  • The rate for couples is anticipated to remain flat at $280 for resident couples and $530 for non-resident couples.
  • The rate for individual residents 12 and older is anticipated to remain flat at $185 per resident and $350 per non-resident.
  • The rate for seniors 62 years of age or older is anticipated to be $90, an increase of $10 over last year for residents. For non-residents the senior rate is anticipated to be $172, marking an increase of $17 over last year.
  • The rate for resident families with fulltime childcare and six or more children is anticipated to be $599, marking an increase of $59 over last year’s rate. The rate for nonresident families with fulltime childcare and six or more children anticipated to be $1,015, marking an increase of $100 over last year.
  • The rate for resident families with five children or less and fulltime childcare is anticipated to be $515, marking an increase of $45 over the prior year. The rate for nonresident families with fulltime childcare and five children or less is anticipated to be $825.

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