Amherst Eyes Raising General Skate Fees at Northtown Center

Mar. 17, 2019

Constance Otis ice skates with her grandfather Dave Borchard at the Northtown Center at Amherst in this 2017 photo. The Town of Amherst is proposing raising the general skate fees at the facility. (Mark Mulville/Buffalo News file photo)
Constance Otis ice skates with her grandfather Dave Borchard at the Northtown Center at Amherst in this 2017 photo. The Town of Amherst is proposing raising the general skate fees at the facility.

Skaters could pay more next season to glide and twirl around the ice at the Northtown Center at Amherst.

The Amherst Town Board on Monday could vote to raise the general skate fee for the facility at 1615 Amherst Manor Drive for the first time since 2005, according to a resolution on the board agenda.

The rates would rise by 67 percent, from $3 to $5, for residents with a Town of Amherst ID card and by 33 percent, from $6 to $8, for non-residents. The cost of renting skates also would rise from $3 to $5.

The rate increases would bring in an estimated $66,260 in new revenue for the town’s Youth and Recreation Department.

If approved, the new rate schedule would take effect Sept. 1.

One Response to “Amherst Eyes Raising General Skate Fees at Northtown Center”

  1. John Snyder says:

    Yes, yes, yes – this is a good start. Those ice rinks need to be self sustaining as promised when initially proposed. The true costs verses true income should be published rather than hidden from us taxpayers.

    How much are we paying to subsidize this expensive amenity?