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November 21, 2013

County discuses rec facility discounts

MILLEDGEVILLE — Baldwin County Recreation Department Director Bill McNair presented a revamped facility use policy draft to the Baldwin County Commissioners during Tuesday’s work session.

The new draft includes reduced prices for nonprofit charitable, educational, governmental organizations and county employees.

That along with a new fee schedule isn’t ready for adoption just yet.

The potential policy says that health-related or public government entities offering free public services may request facility use at no cost.

“A description of that would be the blood donor truck that shows up and needs a place to park,” District 4 Commissioner Henry Craig said Tuesday. “There would be provisions for them to access our facilities at zero cost.”

Nonprofit faith-based organizations would receive a 25 percent discount over the full price for non-recreation facility use.

Requirements for both categories include proof of non-profit status and sending the request on organization letterhead a minimum of 60 days prior to the event. The recreation director and county manager, according to the potential department fee policy, must approve any request.

County employees can request a recreation facility for half the normal cost once per year also.

Commissioner Emily Davis, District 1, said employees should get free use “at least a couple of times per year.”

“We aren’t giving county employees any other perks, so why can’t we perk them?” Davis said. “They don’t get raises. There are a lot of other things they don’t get.”

Chairman Sammy Hall, District 3, disagreed with that notion.

“I don’t know about anyone else in here, but I worked for a while and didn’t get any perks,” Hall said. “I didn’t get a free ride on anything.”

Citizen Harry Keim said he said doesn’t understand why the county is trying to offer recreation waivers in general.

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