As Copper Sky looks for more revenue streams, a proposal to change rates and fees is before the public. Maricopa City Council approved the policy in November and is scheduled to vote on the fee changes Jan. 15.
Community Services Director Nathan Ullyot called them “significant changes.”
The shifts in the proposal are meant to herd members toward an annual membership, which will be less expensive, especially for couples. The proposal does not include monthly rates but increases the six-month membership fees for couples and families and increases for daily punch passes.
“We’re really looking to add value to your Copper Sky membership,” Ullyot said.
A point of contention has been the change for senior citizens. Under the current rates, single seniors and senior couples pay 40 percent less than the adult fees. But senior rates are excluded in the proposal. The new fee schedule puts them level with military veterans, which is a 10-percent discount.
City Councilmember Nancy Smith, expressing concern for retirees on limited incomes during the November meeting, encouraged seniors to offer feedback about the proposal. Joan Koczor of the Age-Friendly Maricopa Advisory Committee also reached out to constituents on her senior-activity newsletter urging seniors to get involved.
Copper Sky Resident Memberships
Monthly 1 Adult 2 Adults Family
Current $35 $55 $65
Proposed N/A N/A N/A
Six months 1 Adult 2 Adults Family
Current $180 $280 $420
Proposed $210 $336 $420
($35/mo) ($56/mo) ($70/mo)
Yearly 1 Adult 2 Adults Family
Current $338 $540 $676
Proposed $336 $504 $672
($28/mo) ($42/mo) ($56/mo)
However, unlike the current schedule, a department proposal would allow scholarships for membership fees. The scholarship is based on federal income guidelines. Those who provide proof of income at 100 percent the poverty level (one person $12,140) could get another 30-percent discount along with the standard senior discount of 10 percent. Those at 200 percent the poverty level can receive 15 percent off.
According to city numbers, more than 1,400 of the 1,800 senior memberships are paid for through programs like Silver Sneakers, Optum and Silver and Fit. Some insurance companies are changing their funding of those programs or even switching programs.
Ullyot will discuss some of the proposed solutions for senior memberships with the Age-Friendly Committee at its Dec. 17 meeting.
The proposed fee schedule was post Oct. 31, and residents are asked to respond within 60 days of that date.
Punch Passes and Daily Rates
20 punches Adult Youth Senior
Current $50 $38 $40
Proposed $150 $75 $120
Day Pass Adult Youth Senior
Current $5 $3 $4
Proposed $10 $5 $8
This story appears in the December issue of InMaricopa.