KELLER — Keller City Council finalized a plan that will charge non-residents to pay to use Keller Sports Park.During a July 2 meeting, a unanimous vote sealed the deal to charge $30 for each participant, sport, and season, capped at $90 per family, per season. The park is used primarily by the Keller Soccer Association and the Keller Youth Association.Non-residents will be required to pay the fee in addition to fees they already pay to the sports associations. Those associations will be responsible for turning over the fees to the city. The fees will be used to help maintain the park, which costs about $750,000 a year, officials said.Recent figures show that about 44 percent of the almost 10,000 children who participate in leagues at the park are from Fort Worth, 42 percent from Keller and 14 percent are from other cities.City officials began looking at options for charging non-residents an extra fee to use the park after Fort Worth officials declined to share the operating cost. Keller had asked Fort Worth to pay $350,000 per year.The $30 fee is expected to provide about half of the $350,000 annually.Keller Soccer Association will implement fees at $15 per player this fall and $15 in the spring of 2014, followed by $30 in the fall of 2014. Keller Youth Association will begin $30 fees in the spring of 2014. This story contains information from the Star-Telegram archives.
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