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Winter Park Commission to vote on raising fees for city services

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WINTER PARK, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

The Winter Park City Commission on Monday will vote on a proposal that would raise hundreds of fees for services residents use in the city, and add fees for new services.

On power issues alone, there are nearly a hundred services the city provides that will cost more from curb stop valve replacement fees to meter relocation fees. City Spokeswoman Clarissa Howard says they are simply passing along costs.

"That's because the cost of, whether it be chemicals, materials, or equipment has increased, so therefore in order to maintain those services, then you'll see a slight increase in our fee schedule as well."

Most increases are slight, but if you want after hours service from the power company for things like turning on or off the power, expect to pay double. Howard says they have also added two new water and wastewater fees.  A hauler registration fee and a re-inspection fee for grease traps.

"This isn't to sweeten any sort of general pot fund or the city's general fund.  Specifically for those water and sewer fees any of those fees associated or increases that you may see goes right back into our water utility fund."

There will also be a new men's basketball league, and a $300 per team fee. Summer camps are going up as well. Many of the fees from Parks and Recreation are related to Winter Park's new Community Center according to Clarissa Howard.

"If the public and the users of the new community center see a new program that we don't already have in place, that's what the new fees are associated with."

The city expects to raise an extra $25,000 when all increases are taken into account. There is a kid's pool at the new community center, and you can now get a pass for the entire family (for a fee of course).

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