The Board of Selectmen voted unanimously Tuesday to increase the per-son fee assessed to youth sports participants from $20 to $25.
Formerly overseen by a selectmen-appointed committee, the “player use fee” now is collected by the New Canaan Athletic Foundation and allocated to an artificial turf replacement fund rather than a budget for additional playing fields, according to First Selectman Kevin Moynihan. Player use fees came to about $54,000 total last year, Moynihan said. “We don’t always collect it all,” he said at the selectmen meeting, held in Town Hall. Moynihan added, “There is some debate as to whether we ought to extend this to the Rec Department programs, which we will consider next year.”
Moynihan and Selectmen Kit Devereaux and Nick Williams voted 3-0 to up the fee. Williams said it’s been flat at $20 for a number of years.