WESTFIELD, NJ — A combination of factors, including pay raises for the pool staff and the increased cost of chemicals, have resulted an increase in pool fees for the coming summer, the recreation director said.
A state law raising the minimum wage was just one reason for the increased pool fees, Don Bogardus, the Westfield Recreation Director, said.
“Everything has gone up for what it costs to run the operation: the staff costs, our chemical costs have gone up,” Bogardus said. “We haven’t had a raise in a couple of years. We’re trying to offset some of those increases that we incurred.”
The pool relies on its membership fees and does not receive funding from the municipal budget, he said. Last year, the town had started the season with 160 new lounge chairs and the addition of free wireless access. It also switched to a new food vendor.
The town council approved the updated pool membership rates by a unanimous vote on Tuesday.
The 2020 rates are as follows:
Family (5 or more) $520
Family (4 or less) $420
Husband/Wife, Parent/Child (under 18) Or Domestic/Civil Union Partner $300
Family w/childcare (6 or more) $600
Family w/childcare (5 or less) $520
Family (5 or more) $799
Family (4 or less) $702
Husband/Wife, Parent/Child (under 18)
Or Domestic/Civil Union Partner $573
Family w/Child care (6 or more) $988
Family w/Child care (5 or less) $890
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