Higher fees seen as Alpharetta, Milton parks pact expires

Alpharetta and Milton residents can expect to pay up to 75 percent higher fees to enroll in each others’ parks programs, now that a 2012 agreement that waived non-resident fees has expired, according to a joint announcement by the two North Fulton cities.

Non-resident fees for recreational and park programs are charged in addition to regular registration fees. Both cities have agreed to honor the now-expired agreement for any program whose registration began before Tuesday, Jan. 8. Information:

“We very much understand how this situation can impact citizens, so the leadership of both cities are working on terms of a new agreement that will best serve the needs of our citizens,” said Alpharetta Mayor Jim Gilvin.

Milton Mayor Joe Lockwood said, “Milton and Alpharetta have a history of working together to benefit our neighboring communities, and we enjoy a very strong, close relationship that we believe will help us as we move forward with negotiating a new agreement that makes sense for both our cities.”

According to a Milton Parks and Recreation web page, the city councils of Milton and Alpharetta in 2012 established a regionalized park system and dissolved all nonresident fees. Each year, the cities negotiated a variable maintenance fee allowing their residents to use each others’ parks programs without incurring nonresident fees.

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