If the City Council approves proposed fee hikes, using city park facilities will become a whole lot more expensive. Unless you have looked for the perfect spot for a child's birthday party, or a scenic grill out, you might not know that residents of Winona can rent gazebos, patios, and shelters in city parks for free. The proposed fee hike would raise that price from zero to $150 per day. Hosting an official event in city parks is also currently free. The proposal would require organizations to pay $200 to hold events in city parks. From renting ball fields to seeking city permits, several fees at city hall will see significant increases.
Licensing your pet, putting out a sign, having plumbing work done, having your rental inspected, seeking a variance, replacing your furnace, and getting numerous other permits and licenses would become modestly more expensive.
Rental charges for hangars at the municipal airport, and certain library charges, would become slightly cheaper under the proposal.
The proposal submitted by staff does not explain the reasoning for the fee hikes, except to say that "many of these fees were discussed" during recent budget meetings. City staff could not be reached for comment before the Winona Post went to press.
The City Council is expected to vote on the fee ordinance at a meeting on Tuesday, September 3, at 6:30 p.m. at city hall.