The mayor of a community impacted by a new non-resident user fee for hockey players at rinks in Saint John says he’s “extremely disappointed” the city has taken this step.
Saint John Common Council voted this week to charge players from outlying communities $200 to play at rinks in Saint John.
Quispamsis Mayor Gary Clark believes the fee is “polar-opposite to regional cooperation.”
He said Saint John and surrounding communities had only been discussing an ice strategy for about nine months.
“We, as the outlying mayors certainly wanted to continue on with hiring a consultant to get us the facts and the figures, to bring them forward, to do an inventory of the whole region so that we could make a decision cooperatively together to move forward,” Clark said.
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The fee has come under criticism from families in places like Quispamsis, Rothesay, Grand Bay-Westfield, and St. Martins.
Chris Green, a local representative for Hockey New Brunswick, told Global News Tuesday the fee could be counterproductive because it could eliminate some teams from playing and holding tournaments in Saint John, which would decrease revenue opportunities for hotels and restaurants.
Despite the new fee facing his residents, Clark said Quispamsis has no interest in implementing its own user fee for facilities in his community.