District of Clearwater has dropped an earlier discussed increase of $3,000 and instead is asking Wells Gray Curling Club for just $690 more than last year.
At a town council meeting held Oct. 21, chief administrative officer Leslie Groulx noted that the smaller increase would be consistent with other user group increases at the Sportsplex.
The increase would bring the annual fees charged the curling club up to $14,500.
The District subsidized the club with about $28,500 in 2013, she noted.
Groulx noted that the municipality has made some changes over the past few years that have helped the club. The sports coordinator, for example, assisted the club in putting on a bonspiel last season.
In speaking for the recommendation for a smaller rate increase, councillor Barry Banford noted that the District and Wells Gray Country subsidize all the users in the Sportsplex, not just the curling club.