Non-residents of Columbia who pay to use the town's recreation facilities could bear the burden for cost increases next year.
Members of the Columbia Council, in preparing for a new budget that will begin May 1, directed the Columbia Association staff Thursday to explore that possibility.
"In these tough economic times, everything's on the table. Everything's going to be reviewed," said council chairman Charles A. Acquard.
The association's policies are set by council members, who are unpaid elected representatives from each of the city's nine villages.
Its recreation facilities -- playgrounds, swimming pools, tennis courts and a golf course -- are maintained through user fees and an annual sum known as a "lien" paid on city property of 75 cents per $100 of assessed value.