New Braunfels City Council proposes floating fee for tubers

New Braunfels City Council proposes floating fee for tubers

Credit: Jeff Anastasio / KENS 5

NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas -- The Memorial Day weekend started out with record rainfall across South Texas which threatened to damped the festivities on the Comal River. But by Memorial Day, the sun began to peek out of the clouds drawing thousands to dab on the sunscreen, pop open a cool beverage and slowly float down the river.

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by Mayra Moreno / KENS 5

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Posted on January 8, 2014 at 10:09 AM

NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas -- You wouldn't think of floating the New Braunfels river during this polar plunge but as you start making plans for warmer weather some people may have to shell out more cash the next time they tubing there.

The mayor said, it's plain and simple, it costs a lot of money to maintain the river. City council said five bucks per person is reasonable.

It's New Braunfels biggest tourist attraction, lazy summer days on the river. It's also an expensive business for the city.

"We spend almost a million dollars a year just in keeping the river clean," said Mayor Gale Pospisil.

Plus, it costs money to keep park rangers, police and the fire department available for emergencies. Which is why city leaders want to start charging a $5 user fee. If the measure passes, it would only apply to non-residents who use city parks to access the river.

"I can see how that potentially might be a problem if people used it before and now charging," said Brian Adams.

Adams is a San Antonio resident and said he's willing to pay but can see how others might get a little upset.

"It makes you angry that people don't care," said New Braunfels resident, Fran Thompson.

Thompson said she's seen first-hand the mess that's left behind by some folks.

"If you can float the river and bring your beer (than paying $5 is reasonable)," said Thompson.

The mayor said recouping a million dollars the city spends to help float the tubing industry every summer is tough. Becoming revenue neutral is key said the mayor.

"I suspect it has a good chance of passing," said the mayor.

Details on just how the proposed measure will work will be sorted out. A vote could come as early as this month or possibly February.

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