For a second time this month, the county commission approved a resolution to lower Wildwood Park’s annual pass fee from $75 to $30 in an effort to boost attendance.
All resolutions adopted by the county must receive approval in two commission meetings.
The new cost matches the fee charged by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to its Thurmond Lake facilities. The corps sells about 2,000 passes each year, while the county sold only 120 passes last year to Wildwood Park at the $75 price.
Community and Leisure Services Director Barry Smith has said that he expects to increase revenues by selling more passes.
Officials also hope to increase revenues by charging a $150 fee to patrons arriving early for events at Savannah Rapids Pavilion. That resolution also was approved for a second time Tuesday.
The new fee would apply to 12-hour rentals from Sunday through Friday. A $2,000 rate for Saturday rentals of the Grand Rapids Ballroom in the pavilion will remain the same, though the rental time increases from 12 to 15 hours. The commission also removed about $138,000 from the county’s tax digest.
Last week, county Tax Commissioner Kay Allen presented a list of properties and possessions dating back to 2001 that were no longer taxable to the commission. Those include foreclosure, repossession, bankruptcy, a county purchase and sale. Items removed from the digest might include boats, machinery, furniture, retention or detention ponds, and heavy equipment.
The commission approved Allen’s recommendation to remove the outstanding accounts from the digest.