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Lisbon Beach and Campground raising rates by $2

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LISBON – In an effort to ensure the long term self-sustainability of the Lisbon Beach and Campground, the Town Council voted to raise rates.

The vote, which took place at Wednesday’s monthly Council meeting, will set the new prices into effect after May 15. Bookings made prior to that date are being grandfathered in at the old rates.

“The goal is to have the Campground self-sustaining,” Campground Director Michael J. O’Neil said of the changes.

After May 15, tent sites will see their prices raised from $18 to $19 per night for residents and from $19 to $20 per night for non-residents.

Thirty-AMP sites with water will rise from $22 to $24 per night for residents and from $24 to $26 for non-residents. The 30 AMP sites with water and sewer will also have their prices rise by $2 to $27 per night for residents and $29 per night for non-residents.

Fifty-AMP sites with water and sewer will increase from $26 to $28 per night for residents and from $28 to $30 per night for non-residents.

Residents will still pay $5 for the dump station, but non-residents will be required to pay $7 under the new system. Boat docking will remain at $5 per night.

Entering the campground for a day will still cost $3.

Long term campers will still receive a 10-percent discount for every month they stay, providing they pay the entire cost upfront.

Mr. O’Neil said the prices at the campground are lower than many places he has visited around the country.

The town’s budget officer William E. Dashnaw said the campground had $117,298 in expenses last year, but made $138,072 in revenue, enough to keep the campground in the black.

Town Councilor Alan D. Dailey said the town should establish a separate fund for the campground to keep its finances separate from the rest of the town budget in order to provide more transparency to residents.

But rising rates aren’t the only changes coming to Lisbon Beach and Campground this summer.

Chad D. Rice of New Horizons Wireless, Lisbon, has been hired by the town to install wireless internet at the campground, which he estimates will be up and running within 2 weeks.

Mr. Rice will not be charging the town for the installation of the internet access, instead charging customers directly when they access the internet from their computer or mobile device. “There will be a hotspot at the park,” Mr. Rice said, and when customers attempt to access the internet they will be directed to a page where they can purchase day passes, starting at $1.95.

The Town Council also voted to allow vendors into the campground for a flat fee of $100 a year.

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