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Sunday, December 1, 2013

4-Plex: Should Folks Outside Of Saint John Have To Pay User Fees?

There's been a lot of talk lately about a 4-plex at Long Wharf which would replace some of the region's ailing arenas, and some are questioning whether those traveling from outlying areas should pay user fees to recover the costs.

Mayor Mel Norton tells CHSJ News we've been working hard to foster at atmosphere of cooperation in the Greater Saint John area....and user fees would be a step backward.

"My own perspective is we need to act as a region. We are the greater Saint John region, it doesn't matter if you happen to live in the Rothesay area or the Grand Bay-Westfield area."

Michael Hugenholtz of the city's Leisure Services department says if the 4-plex is built, they'd need to crunch the numbers on how many people from out of town use the facility, and the cost-recovery model hasn't been ruled out.