Newburgh’s City Council is weighing a $100 per child increase in the price it charges residents and non-residents for the city’s summer camp.
Recreation Director Derrick Stanton’s initial recommendation is for the Council to increase the current $250 price for residents to the same $350 non-residents pay per child. The increase amounts to the costs of field trips, which parents have to pay in addition to the $250 anyway.
“This way, if the campers who come in, if they’re in, they’re allowed to do everything,” Corporation Counsel Michelle Kelson said. “And then you’re not nickel and diming the parents or guardians as you go through the summer.”
Councilman Cedric Brown argued successfully to have the non-resident fee also raised by $100, to $450. Councilwomen Gay Lee and Cindy Holmes are pushing to have some sort of sliding-scale fee schedule created for parents with multiple children.
“I have people that live in my neighborhood and they actually go out to New Windsor now because this price is just too high,” Holmes said.
Discussions will continue at the next Council work session.