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Town weighs fee increase for trolleys visiting Fort Williams Park

The Town Council is considering raising fees for trolleys entering Fort Williams Park.

Councilors will meet in a workshop session at Town Hall at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019 with the Fort Williams Park Committee to review the committee's recommendation for increasing seasonal trolley fees to $7,000 for the 2020 season, $11,000 for 2021 and $15,000 for 2022.

Price for the 2019 season, approved by the Town Council last November, was $3,000 for a 30-seat trolley.

Anticipated revenues from the fee-increase proposal vary, but a report from the Fort Williams Park Committee estimates that eight trolleys visit the park each day of the season, each carrying an average of 18 passengers. Over those 209 days, trolleys are carrying 30,000 visitors to the park, the report says.

At full implementation in 2022, the $15,000 annual fee for the two trolleys that visit the park would come to $1 per passenger, the report says.

At the council's meeting Oct. 16, Town Manager Matthew Sturgis said that although the percentage of the proposed increase is high, members of the Fort Williams Park Committee believed it reasonable considering the volume of visitors trolleys are bringing to the park.

Councilors also said the increase seemed reasonable, and they supported implementing the increase in phases, but also wanted to meet with the Fort Williams Park Committee in a workshop to ask questions and to fully understand the proposal.

The council is expected to vote on the fees at their meeting Nov. 13.

Proposed trolley fees for Fort Williams Park 2020-2022 (click image to download)