KROC Center raises rates

COEUR D'ALENE - Money worries is pushing the Salvation Army KROC Center to hike its membership rates.

Since the facility opened its doors back in May 2009, the state of the art facility has drawn in big crowds shattering memberships records.

The KROC Center's Executive Director Major John Chamness says raising membership rates will help offset a $400,000 projected deficit in 2011.

Major Chamness blames an increase in insurance rates, utility rates and a spike in staff health insurance for having to increase rates. Members will have to pay an additional $1 to $7 dollars per month for services.

"Even though we're increasing our rates a very small amount, every member contact that I've had has been very positive and they're very appreciative of all the great things we do here. We're trying to maintain great programs, a great building, and great staff," says Major Chamness.

The KROC Center is home to north Idaho's first competition-size indoor swimming pool, a performing arts center, full gym, rock wall, children's playing area and chapel. It costs $21,000 a day to maintain the facility.

Membership rates increases will kick in October 1st.