The new fees and charges will take effect on Jan. 1.
One fee in particular took a significant jump. The owners of those game rooms that provide the eight-liner slot machines will have to pay a $500 annual fee for each device.
That is up from the current $100 a year. Eight-liner machine owners who fail to register their devices and pay the $500 fee will be charged 20 percent of the fee a day until the fee has been collected.
In addition, individuals and organizations which use the city’s Little League and Sports Complex facilities will see new costs.
The new fees will require a $500 damage deposit, $1,000 fee for rental of the facilities’ fields, lights and concession stands up to a 12-week season and a $750 rental fee for using just the field and lights for the same period.
Not every organization will be required to pay the entire cost of the new fields. Youth organizations that are tax exempt under the 501C3 rules will be exempt and adult organizations that are tax exempt under the same law will be required to pay only half that amount.
Admission to the Bernardo Sandoval, Sr. Municipal Swimming Pool will double next year from $1 to $2 a day.
However, regular users of the facility will be able to pay for a 13-week season pass to the pool at a cost of $125. That would be a savings compared to paying the entire $2 fee every day during the same period. Doing that would cost the swimmer $156.
The fee for a two-hour pool party also will go up from the current $65 to $100 and renting the pool for a four-hour party will increase from $120 to $200.
City residents will continue to be allowed to dump one pickup load of solid waste at the collection station at the city equipment yard on South Jackson Street. As in the past, they will be required to produce a stub showing they paid their most recent city utility bill at the collection station.
The cost of discarding small, additional loads will increase from $15 to $20.
Some fees also were established for the first time for certain larger loads.
Residents also will notice that a new billing fee for solid wastes accounts. Residential customers will pay a $2.50 fee and commercial customers will pay $3 a month.
In addition, the city will begin collecting a $1-a-month fire fee to fund equipment purchases and a $1 monthly park fee to help pay for maintenance of those facilities.
Water and sewer rates for customers outside the city also will increase slightly and the city will increase charges for certain meter and plumbing installations.
For more information on the coming increases in fees and charges, readers may go to the PDF file at mySouTex.com or call City Hall at (361) 358-4641.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.