County exempts more groups from use fees |

County exempts more groups from use fees

Brandon Johnson

The city of Craig and the school district are now exempt from paying a use fee for county facilities.

The Moffat County commissioners added the city, school district and hearing impaired picnic to the list of exempt organizations Tuesday.

The list includes Grand Olde West Days, the Cedar Mountain Lions Club and the Moffat County Fair.

Exempt organizations still have to pay a damage deposit to use county facilities.

County facilities that require a use fee include Loudy-Simpson Park and the Moffat County Fairgrounds.

The fee varies from facility to facility.

The commissioners finalized the list of exempt organizations Tuesday to clear up confusion over who is and is not exempt from the use fee.

Commissioner Darryl Steele said the commissioners wanted to add the school district and city because they allow the county to use facilities such as the high school gym and city park without paying a use fee.

“We don’t want to see everybody charging for every little thing,” Steele said.

Moffat County budget analyst Tinneal Gerber said there was confusion surrounding the use fee because the task of administering it changed from one county employee to another in recent years.

Administering the use fee is now the responsibility of county administrative assistant Stephanie Pearce.

If an organization wants the fee waived and is not on the exempt list, the group has to ask commissioners to waive it.

The commissioners declined a request from the Yampa Valley Antique Power Club in May to waive a damage deposit for use of Loudy-Simpson Park.

Gerber said the use fee is not a way for the county to make money.

The fee just pays for maintenance and upkeep of county facilities.

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