At their Aug. 25 meeting, Kent County Levy Court commissioners approved a surcharge for leagues and organizations that reserve athletic fields at Big Oak, Browns Branch and Brecknock parks for exclusive use. Commissioners also approved a hike in other county fees, effective Oct. 1. The charges for recording deeds, mortgages and assignments would increase from $9 to $10 a page.


Fees approved for use of athletic fields at parks

At their Aug. 25 meeting, Kent County Levy Court commissioners approved a surcharge for leagues and organizations that reserve athletic fields at Big Oak, Browns Branch and Brecknock parks for exclusive use. The fee charges sports leagues between $400 and $600 per field for a full season of games at the county’s baseball and multi-purpose fields. Baseball fields also would be available for single-day and full weekend rentals at rates ranging from $50 to $150.

The fees will be charged May 1 through Sept. 1.

Introduced at the Aug. 4 planning commission meeting, the athletic field fees only would be charged to groups that are reserving fields. Park visitors still would be free to use the fields at any time unless they are reserved.

Money collected from the fees will be used to offset the cost of maintaining the fields. Currently, the county does not charge to use the fields.

Increase approved for recording deeds and mortgages

Commissioners also approved a hike in other county fees, effective Oct. 1. The charges for recording deeds, mortgages and assignments would increase from $9 to $10 a page, and the fee for certified copies would jump from $5 to $7. The cost of mailing certified copies also would be raised by $1.

Commissioner Eric Buckson served as the sole opposition to the increase in the fees for the recorder of deeds office, saying that he did not think it was the right time to raise surcharges and that there wasn’t enough notice given to the public about the measure.