Wayne, N.J. Community Groups Fight New Fees

The Board of Education has unveiled plans to impose new fees on community groups that use school softball and soccer fields

By Gus Rosendale
|  Thursday, May 17, 2012  |  Updated 5:10 PM EDT
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Wayne, N.J. Community Groups Fight New Fees

Community organizations in Wayne, N.J. are pushing back against new fees recently unveiled by the Board of Education.

The fees will be imposed on large groups that use school district resources like softball and soccer fields.

The organizations are concerned the fees could end up costing them thousands of dollars they don't have.

"We can't negotiate a rate," said Rene Moran of the Wayne Soccer Club. "That would send us back to the parents."

The Board of Education says on its website it's not going to enforce any of the new prices until it meets and discusses the plan with the affected groups.

The superintendent said in a statement, "Comments that the Board of Education will be charging town-based groups hundreds of thousands of dollars to use fields and facilities are simply false."

The issue is expected to come up at a Board of Education meeting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Wayne Town Hall.

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