Texas City Ups RV Rates at Municipal Parks
The Gonzales (Texas) City Council on Tuesday (May 7) set new rates on RV space rentals at city-owned parks.
The city found itself unintentionally in the RV Park business at the start of the Eagle Ford oil boom as hundreds of oilfield workers moved into town and became semi-permanent residents at Gonzales’ park facilities because of a lack of available housing, the Gonzales Cannon reported.
Council voted to raise the monthly space rental for RV spots at Independence Park and JB Wells Park from the current $350 a month to $550 per month. That move will put the city in the same general price range as a number of local businesses which have sprung up in answer to the RV space shortage.
City Manager Allen Barnes told the council that the numbers of semi-permanent renters has been declining steadily as other RV parks have opened, and that there were currently 64 occupied spacaes renting on a month-to-month basis.
“Our primary job is not to serve as an RV park,” he said, adding that raising the cost above $500 a month would help the city cover its costs for utilities and put the city’s rates more in line with those charged by local businesses.
The new rate would not impact space-rental fees charged for contracted events such as the upcoming Texas Junior High Rodeo Association state finals, where rates are negotiated well in advance, he added.