The Mountain View Parks and Recreation Commission recommended Wednesday that local sports leagues be charged a $1 an hour fee to use the city's playing fields.
City staffers had recommended a $2 an hour fee to help defray the costs of maintaining the fields in the face of a $6 million city budget deficit. But that number was reduced by commissioners after several sports league representatives complained that it would add thousands of dollars to their annual budgets.
The $1 an hour fee is expected to produce about $20,000 a year to help cover roughly $247,000 the city spends annually on maintenance, including water and utilities, personnel, permit administration, field set-up, materials and supplies and supervision.
Neighboring cities, including Palo Alto and Sunnyvale, already have such a fee, at an average of $6 an hour, said Dave Muela, director of the Parks and Recreation Department.
However, the average fee levied by the cities named in the report was disputed in an e-mail from Randy Hair, treasurer of the Mountain View-Los Altos Girl's Softball League, who said his research found several errors in the city report on the fees local cities were charging. He said that the average fee among local cities was closer to $1.90 an hour.