The rates to rent a building in Linton's Humphreys Park are going up and in the future, all renters, including non-profit organizations, will be required to make a deposit.
The decision to raise the rates was made by the Linton City Council during its meeting Monday evening.
Mayor John Wilkes recommended the hike and all five council members voted in favor of an ordinance to reset the rates and establish a requirement that a damage deposit be paid by all renters.
In the past, non-profit organizations have not been charged a rental fee and they've not been required to put a deposit down. That's changing.
Wilkes noted problems with some users not cleaning the buildings after their event, so the deposit requirement will be required by all.
In addition, Wilkes asked that the deposit not be returned to the renter automatically until after personnel from the city have been able to inspect the building and verify it has been cleaned.
The rental fee for both the east and west shelterhouses has been $35 per day. It's going up to $50 per day. The damage and cleaning deposit is $25.
The rental fee for the community building has been $175 per day. It's going up to $200 per day. The deposit has been $50 -- it's going up to $75.
Non-profit organizations will now be asked to pay the deposit but they will not be charged the rental fee.
To soften the blow, Wilkes said the park board is planning to make some improvements to the buildings including new carpeting and other updates.