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City adjusts park fees

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The Highland Village City Council approved the final read of an ordinance amending parks and recreations fees and charges at their meeting Tuesday.

Officials said that the proposed fee structure was needed to keep up with market conditions and provide Highland Village residents a price break on some park entry fees and first options for athletic field reservations.

The changes also provide a flat fee for entry to Copperas Branch Park, one of the city’s regional parks on Lake Lewisville, instead of a fee based on the number of people within each party.

The amendment also includes a decrease in the cost for the senior citizen annual park pass fee, as suggested by Mayor-elect Scott McDearmont at the March 9 council meeting.

Previously the annual park pass was $50 at the beginning of the year and reduced to $25 in June. The amended fee for the full year is $35 for residents and $20 for senior citizens age 65 and older. The amended half year fee is $25 for residents and $10 for senior citizens ages 65 and older. All non-resident fees are $50 per year.

Also at the meeting, the council received the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). The City received an unqualified, or “clean”, opinion from the auditors in the report which is the highest rating given by the Government Finance Officers Association accounting standards.

The rating indicates the financial statements present fairly the financial position of the City of Highland Village. The full report is available on the city’s website.

During the City Manager’s report, Michael Leavitt invited residents to attend the annual Easter Egg Hunt at Unity Park scheduled for this Saturday, March 27, at 10:00 a.m. The event includes face painting, bounce house, pictures with the Easter Bunny and sweets from Freddy’s Frozen Custard. The race starts promptly at 10:00 a.m. and attendees are encouraged to arrive early.

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