Deputy City Administrator Jeremy Allen contacted the E-T to ask that we let readers know that with the latest budget cycle that began Oct. 1, the city of Stephenville removed non-resident fees for various city programs.

“With the leadership of city councilwoman Carla Trussell and the full support of the city council, the Stephenville library and other city programs no longer have a charge for people who don’t live in the city, a charge that was implemented and continued by past administrations," Allen said. “By eliminating the non-resident fees from the library, Splashville and other recreation programs including various leagues, we are encouraging Erath County residents and others to take advantage of Stephenville's community services.

He continues, “We have non-residents that have been participating in our programs and leagues for years - and paying an additional non-resident fee to do so. But the city council and staff don't believe the additional fee outweighed the advantages of having more people from outside the city participating in our programs.

“The city council and staff want to send the message that Stephenville welcomes everyone, and programs and services are now available on an equal basis to all, the same as a Stephenville resident would get.”