In responseOn Wednesday May 15, 2013 I read a letter to the editor which began by saying that the Keller City Council was "engaging in a war on its retail sector." The article went on to rail against the perceived evil of charging non-Keller residents an additional fee to play in Keller leagues. This assertion is nothing but shameless tactic employed to rabble rouse and influence policy.The simple facts in this case have forced this type of discussion on the part of the council. Keller’s master plan was not designed to handle the additional load factor created by non residents using these facilities.It also must be noted that the city does not provide all of the services that are required to maintain these fields. The associations do have substantial out of pocket expenses.If an undue burden is being placed on the Keller leagues by non-Keller residents it is entirely reasonable to ask for a non resident fee to participate. Ultimately, the FW/Alliance area will reach a size that they will be forced to create their own leagues, regardless of a fee or not. At that point, the city would lose those incremental hot dog and Slurpy tax dollars anyway. Additional burden equals additional expense. It stands to reason that this fee is little more than a pass through expense, which should be covered by those responsible for that increase in expense. Philip C. Herr, Keller
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