It could cost a little bit more to swim this summer in Easton's pools.
Speaking to City Council's public works committee Tuesday night, Public Works Director Dave Hopkins recommended a $5 increase in the fees for season passes at Easton's two public pools.
"That keeps us very competitive," Hopkins said, noting that the fees will still be less than what Wilson and Palmer Township charge for season passes.
Under the new plan, the cost to buy day-to-day access at Heil and Eddyside pools would not change, Hopkins said. Last year, the city sold 453 season passes. Hopkins said the increase will generate about $2,300 in revenue.
But city swimmers weren't happy with the idea.
"If they raise them much higher my family won't be able to go," reisdent Karen Carnes wrote on the Easton Patch Facebook page. "We all pay the individual adult rate. It's what I get them for their birthday - it's good exercise and as been (mostly) affordable. If the pools were open daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day an increase might be more acceptable. But they are only open daily for about 8 weeks."
Hopkins also suggested the city change its deadline to buy season passes, moving it back from June 1 to May 1. He said this will keep people from "weather watching," i.e. waiting to see what the weather will be like before buying a pass.
Wilson, meanwhile, voted this week to lower its pool prices, according to the Morning Call. The borough will also spend $10,000 to make sure its pool is in compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act.