The 2018 budget approved in September relied on $21 million in one-time monies to meet its obligations.
The new fees and fee increases were recommended by a citizen oversight committee, but several residents turned out to protest the changes.
Hope Notice of East Cobb said she was there representing more than 100 people who object to the fees.
“We attend a center that is a vital older adult community hub and we are on a fixed income,” she said.
Shirley Scaff said both her knitting and crochet clubs, The Knit Wits and The Chain Gang, respectively, use the East Cobb Senior Center for meet-ups.
“I made a lot of friends in the past five years that mean a lot to me because of the senior center,” she said. “A lot of people are not going to be able to afford to come to the senior center anymore.”
In response to public feedback, four out of five commissioners lowered the proposed fee from $100 to $60 and emphasized that a program exists to waive fees for those who meet certain criteria of financial need. Commissioner Bob Ott objected, saying he supported the $100 membership fee as proposed.
Prices for classes at the senior centers are also going up.
Separately, Cobb residents will have to pay $10 to rent picnic pavilions for the first time.
The zoning certification fee will rise from $40 to $100, and the cost of business licenses will go up about 10 percent depending on the size of the business.
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