Canal Winchester officials are looking to update community center rental rates for the first time in 13 years.

Canal Winchester officials are looking to update community center rental rates for the first time in 13 years.

Village council members heard first reading of legislation June 15 to increase the rental fee from $30 to $40 per hour for residents and $60 per hour for non-residents.

"It's not much of an increase," said Donna Warren, village senior citizen coordinator. "It's more of an increase for people who don't live in the village because they do not pay the taxes."

According to the legislation, rental rates apply to the community center's multipurpose room. An additional fee of $15 per hour for residents and $20 per hour for nonresidents would be applied for use of the center's kitchen if the legislation passes.

Final reading of the ordinance is expected July 20.

Community-based nonprofit groups will get a 50 percent discount. Nonprofit groups outside of the village must show state-recognized documentation to receive the same discount.

Some community-based groups will receive free rental of the community center at 22 S. Trine St. Those groups include long-standing organizations in the community, such as the local Boy Scouts troop, Lions Club, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Canal Winchester Labor Day Committee.

"We still are a lot less than other communities," council member Bobbie Mershon said of the rental fees.

"I think it's a decent price," added council member Leah Turner.

The rental fee at the community center in Groveport is $80 per hour. It is $100 per hour in Pickerington and $50 per hour for members of the Pickerington senior citizens group.

Warren said rental guidelines needed to be updated after 13 years.

"This is just to bring it up a little more to surrounding communities," she said. "We are raising the rental rates to be more in line with area senior centers."

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