By Alex Roslin
August 5, 2009
Elina and her little brother Scott are feeling a little blue this summer. And it’s not because of all the rain.
They’d like to attend the Salamander Summer Day Camp at the
But they happen to live in
“It was just too much,” says their mom, Alice.
The Brome Lake Recreation and Community Services department charges non-residents the higher fees for the camp and year-round classes because 45 percent of its budget comes from the town of
Until last year, many instructors who gave classes at the community centre ignored the policy and charged out-of-towners the lower rate. But that changed last year when the community centre took over billing.
“The extra cost is prohibitive for many of the services in Knowlton,” says another
The change prompted some
“I don’t really know anyone who goes to
Alex Thibodeau, a dad of two young boys who lives in Knowlton and is building a house in
Carrol Kralik, director general of the
The response was a surprise, she said.
In other words, West Boltonites would be paying more, not less, Kralik said. “It didn’t make sense. They came back with an offer that was absolutely ridiculous.”
Johanne Morin, executive director of Brome Lake Recreation and Community Services, said she supports making a deal with
But she said recreation programs are costly. For example, she said the higher non-resident fees for the summer camp do not cover the program’s full cost.
The spat has left some parents frustrated. “There has to be a synergy between