County Raises License Fees at Its Two Campgrounds
The Fayette County Board of Health in southwest Ohio is trying to balance their books while still being fair to the owners of the campgrounds in the county.
So, the board passed an emergency resolution to increase campground licenses fees from $12 to $50 and institute a temporary license fee of $50, the Washington Court House Record Herald reported.
"We must be fair to the people who need the licenses, but also to ourselves," said Fayette County Board of Health Chairman Sandi Clawson.
Currently, only Walnut Lake, located at 9877 State Route 41, and the Fayette County Fairground will be affected.
According to Sanitarian Rob Garringer, it costs the health department approximately $500 a year to run the campground program, but they only take in $100 a year.
To offset the loss, the board agreed to increase the license fee amount slowly each year, Garringer said.
Even with the increase, both Garringer and Fayette County Sanitarian Megan Batson believe license fees in Fayette County are still significantly less than surrounding counties.
"In Madison County the yearly campground license fee is about $275 per year for a campground with up to 50 lots, and $6 for any additional lot," said Batson. "Right now our fees are $12 per year for a campground of 50 lots, and only 50 cents for each additional lot. We want to bring the price up slowly to offset out losses."
Health board members passed the resolution as an emergency, because it would need to go into effect before license applications went out on April 1. If the board went through three readings of the resolution, it would not be passed until the middle of April.
In the same resolution, health board members established a $50 temporary campground license fee, primarily to accommodate the Great Ohio Bike Adventure that is scheduled to come through Washington C.H. June 21.
"We didn't have a temporary fee set up at all," said Garringer. "So we need to set one up."