Fees could go up at Scottsdale Stadium, other venues

Scottsdale is asking to raise fees for some city services this summer, a move that could bring in an extra $3 million for the city.

The changes would raise fees at Scottsdale Stadium, the Scottsdale Sports Complex and other locations.

Scottsdale water and sewer customers could also pay slightly higher rates, depending on how much water they use, city officials said.

In a small number of cases, the city is asking to lower fees. Some of the proposed charges are new.

If approved, most of the changes would go into effect July 1, the start of the new budget year.

The cost for train rides with holiday lights at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park would increase to $4 from $3. The change would raise an extra $26,600 per year, according to a city report.

Scottsdale Stadium, at 7408 E. Osborn Road, would charge more to rent out the full concourse as well as the entire stadium. The price tag to rent the stadium for commercial purposes for a day would jump to $2,500, from $2,000. In addition, the city plans to establish new fees for people to rent the stadium’s Palm Court and covered concourse.

The Scottsdale Public Library would raise the cost of library cards for non-residents to $43, from $30.

Fire permits are required for certain events, including expo and convention booth setups in ballrooms and bonfires for religious ceremonies. The cost for “rush” permits, which are given less than 10 days before the event, would rise to $318 from $200.

The city would create a $159 fee to review requests for residents who want to make additions to their houses. The fee would apply to additions that are less than 500 square feet.

The cost to rent the Scottsdale Sports Complex would increase to $1,700 from $1,200 for adults, and $1,500 from $1,000 for youths. Denise Clayton, recreation coordinator for Scottsdale, said the new fees are comparable to other sports fields locally and regionally.

Brian Biesemeyer, Scottsdale water-resources executive director, said the department is asking to adjust water and sewer rates.

The base rate for water and wastewater would rise by 50 cents for typical residential customers, he said.

Customers who use between 12,001 and 40,000 gallons per month would pay 3 percent more for their water. Customers who use more than 65,000 gallons would pay 5 percent more.

Biesemeyer said the changes would cover rising costs in the department for electricity and water from the Central Arizona Project, which supplies about three-quarters of the water to Scottsdale.

The water and sewer rate changes would take effect Nov. 1, he said.

Scottsdale could change the membership rules to use the McDowell Mountain Ranch Skate Park.

The $26 fee would cover a lifetime membership; it currently covers a six-month membership.

Reports of littering, graffiti, bullying and vandalism prompted Scottsdale to install a monitoring system at the park in 2013.

Users need an access card to pass through a turnstile at the park, near Thompson Peak Parkway and McDowell Mountain Ranch Road.

Article source: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/scottsdale/2015/03/29/scottsdale-fees-scottsdale-stadium-venues/70652916/