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Letter: Is city making money on backs of nonprofits?

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I am writing to call some attention to the City of Folsom’s new policies regarding the rental of the Community Center. Our schools utilize the center for fundraising functions that support our schools and their teams. The funds raised support our kids, families and activities that keep the money in our community to help make it a family friendly, education-supporting, desirable place to live. In the latest iteration of the policy for the Community Center, there has been a change in how the charges for use of the facility are calculated, and there are add-on fees for bringing in a caterer, the window of time to accommodate setting up said events, and some other add-on costs. As we all know, the economy has been struggling, and obviously along with the economy the schools are struggling also. I am a taxpayer in the city of Folsom, where I buy local when possible, and utilize city services such as the Aquatics Center and parks (by reservation). As a taxpayer, I am horrified that the City of Folsom, who prides itself on a great place to live, would be imposing any charges on schools and other non-profit groups that our community takes pride in and is based around. The people attending the events are community people. Is this really a place that we as a city want to “make money”? In my estimation, there should be a “revenue neutral” policy for schools and non-profits. I understand at every level that a service does cost money, but we as a community built and own that center, we as a community support the city, and we as a community support our schools via bonds, taxes and other fees. I think the city needs to rethink the end user here — it is us. The city needs to address the reality that schools are in a tougher position every year, as the budget at the state level makes cuts to education seemingly endlessly. It would be a positive attribute to our city if we are able to keep the costs lowest for the organizations that are raising money for our community flagships. Jennifer Cartier, Folsom