The largest school district in Victoria is hitting pause on proposed massive increases to rents paid by daycares and before and after school care providers.
It comes after an outcry from users by the proposed hikes. Many of the proposed rental rates were going to double, but some – like those for care providers – were slated to rise nearly 190 per cent, from $339 to $975 per hour.
Greater Victoria school board vice chair Tom Ferris says it’s not something that’s easy to do, but it must be done.
“There haven’t been any increases for a number of years and we’ve fallen well behind our ability to maintain our capital assets.”
But Ferris says the amount may be adjusted.
“It’s quite possible that some of the fee raises we proposed are not appropriate and for that reason we decided last night that we would not go ahead with this until we’ve had more consultation with the actual users.”
The board is set to meet on the issue again Monday.
Ferris says they’re also looking at how many spaces will need be taken back from care groups as the board makes room for changes from the class size and composition ruling.