At the next Committee of the Whole Meeting (CoW) on December 6, staff are reporting that they have reviewed current fees for the Marina and Campground and are proposing increases so that they continue to cover costs. Most of the proposed Marina increases are around 3% but campground increases range from 2% to 11% – more details below and links to Staff reports. I understand that separately Staff are undertaking a comprehensive “User Fee Analysis” and these increases are interim (for 2022) pending the results of that study. User fees include Development charges, Parking, Transit, CCC fees and others as well as Marina and Campground. A report on parking fees was provided at the November 15 CoW but was referred to the Transportation Advisory Committee, DBIA, and Waterfront Working Group for review and comment. The next step on parking fees will come to Council at their January 24 CoW meeting.
Marina Manager Julie Behan-Jones reports that Marina fees are intended “to cover projected operational and capital costs” and are reviewed annually but she says:
Community Services Staff recognize that the User Fee Analysis will provide a clear concise direction to design future budgets moving forward.
Until such as time as the analysis is complete, staff recommend the attached is approved in order to provide sufficient revenues to cover operational and capital costs for this budget year and to enable staff to begin finalizing contracts and invoicing effectively for the start of season.
There are four categories of fees: Seasonal, Transient, Services and Storage. The proposed fees are available via the links below. Note that fees for boat docking are on a per foot basis. For example Seasonal serviced docking goes up from $66 to $68 – that means that a 30ft boat would be $2,040. A daily serviced dock would go up from $1.90 to $1.95 or $58.50 for a 30ft boat. Two more examples: the fee for storage of boats 30ft or over goes from $690 to $700 and the fee for a daily launch ramp (including parking) goes from $11 to $13. See the Staff report below for the full list or the Town’s web site for current rates (see links below).
Marina Budget highlights
|2019 Actual||2020 Actual||2021 Budget||2022 Budget|
|Salaries and Wages||244,766||257,450||269,666||299,960|
|Transfer to/from Reserves||126,965||-106,397||70,933||62,455|
|Total Operating Expenses||702,759||485,661||767,040||821,415|
Sign at Entrance still calls it a Trailer Park
As well as fees for erecting a tent or parking a trailer, there are fees for services such as firewood and sanitary station. Then there are fees for transients (daily, weekly or monthly) and seasonal. These in turn vary with services provided: Hydro (H), Water (W) and Sewer (S). A premium is charged for waterfront lots.
|Transient Waterfront H&W&S||$60 per day||$64 per day|
|Transient Non-Waterfront H&W&S||$49 per day||$50 per day|
|Monthly Waterfront H&W&S||$1,500 per month||$1,664 per month|
|Tent Area||$43 per day||$44 per day|
Weekly rates are 6 times daily rates.
The 2022 budget shows $330K revenue and $261K cost for a net profit to the Town of $69K. See the debate on whether we should even have a Campground at this recent post here.
Council approved these proposed increases, but they will need to be ratified in the Regular Council meeting on December 13.
- Staff Report on Marina and Campground fee increases
- Current Marina Rates
- Campground page with rates for 2021
- Marina page on Cobourg Internet