Pick on somebody your own size.
That's the message from Rye Little League Prez Myles P Lavelle is sending to the Rye City Council. Lavelle is saying the new budget proposal hikes the "field surcharge" by 200% and says "a family with three children playing two sports in a season will triple their cost from $30 to $90 per season."
Lavelle ran for Rye City council in 2009.
Here is the Lavelle blast:
"Dear Rye Little League Parents,
As you might already know, the Rye City Council unveiled its proposed 2011 budget last week. The proposed 2011 budget calls for a 2.16% tax rate hike and cuts and cost saving measures in many of the city's departments, including the Recreation Department.
I do not envy the position of the City Council, balancing a budget in these economic times is difficult to say the least. However, I would be remiss if I did not inform the parents of the children who participate in Rye Little League of the most recent proposal.
Unfortunately, the new budget proposal introduced by the City Council includes a 200% increase to the field surcharge from $5 to $15 per child, per season, per league. At first glance, $15 doesn’t seem too extreme; however a family with three children playing two sports in a season will triple their cost from $30 to $90 per season. Historically, Rye Recreation has charged a $5 dollar fee per person, per league, per season for a field usage. The surcharge was designated and used specifically for capital field projects or renovations. The Rye Recreation staff would identify a project and use the funds as needed. Over the years the fund has allowed the staff to improve the overall quality of the fields and parks. The most recent improvements include new sod for the baseball fields and renovations to the soccer and lacrosse fields at Sterling and Nursery Park.
Rye Little League has approximately 700 children involved in the spring, summer and fall leagues and our fee to the City will skyrocket to $10,500 from $3,500 a year. Moreover, the surcharge has always been designated for Rye Recreation capital improvement projects. According to the new proposal, the money will now be part of the general fund and not solely for the Rye Recreation.
While I applaud the City Council’s efforts to reign in taxes, the idea to target a user group or should I say hold a user group hostage with limited or no recourse, is an attempt to disguise what is nothing more than a leisure tax to a limited group. I implore the Council to rethink their approach of the newly created “user group tax” for fear the sustainability of youth athletics and all user groups will go the way of pay to play.
If you are so inclined, please contact your City Council members or attend the next City Council meeting 8pm Wednesday, December 1st and voice your displeasure.
Douglas H. French – firstname.lastname@example.org
Richard P. Filippi – email@example.com
Paula J. Gamache – firstname.lastname@example.org
Peter W. Jovanovich – email@example.com
Suzanna S. Keith – firstname.lastname@example.org
Catherine F. Parker – email@example.com
Joseph A. Sack – firstname.lastname@example.org
Myles P Lavelle
Rye Little League Board Member"