The Magnolia Little League is facing a huge increase in fees for the use of city ball fields this season. League president Keith Peterson says they received an invoice for $24,000 for 2011. Last year the league paid $9,800 for field use.
Peterson says the increase far exceeds anything the league was expecting for the year. Last October the league was told by the city to expect a 20% increase in field fees to assist with the budget deficit. However, when the Seattle City Council passed their budget in November they increased field fees by approximately 120% and also initiated a new fee of $20 per hour for the use of lights.
According to Peterson, there was no communication with youth sports organizations regarding this decision. Magnolia Little League only learned of the change when they received the invoice.
“The amount of the increase and the method employed is outrageous and will negatively impact what all youth sports leagues can provide for kids. This is not just an issue for Magnolia Little League, but all youth sports leagues,” said Peterson.
Peterson is asking little league parents and supporters to contact city council members to share their concerns about the increase.