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Fees changing at some Santa Barbara County parks

County Supervisors voted in change on Tuesday

Fees changing at some Santa Barbara...

LAKE CACHUMA - Staying at Lake Cachuma is a tradition for the Villa family.

"Our very first pit stop on our wedding was in Buellton at Pea Soup Andersen's so that's where we kinda started coming to Lake Cachuma," says camper Tony Villa. 

And more than 50 years later, the Villas are still coming back. However, prices are now changing for staying in a cabin or a large yurt after county supervisors voted for a park fee increase

 "I understand it's 10 bucks from $90 to $100 on this size.. we wouldn't like that but we understand the cost of things are going up," Villa says.

The county says the fee increase will help pay for grounds maintenance, utilities and infrastructure repair. 

But for long time campers like Celeste Barber, she says she's apprehensive after the newly remodeled snack bar has been left un-used.

"It's been sitting there for at least a year.. maybe two years - empty. It's poorly designed and cost far too much to be sitting there not even being used," Barber explains. 

The county however says it's actively working on a contract to find a vendor for the stand.

For the Villas, a few extra dollars won't stop them from continuing their traditions. "We love Lake Cachuma so $110, 90 bucks is not bad.. We enjoy it," Villa says. 

While some costs are going up, like courthouse garden weddings at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse in Santa Barbara going from $750 to $900, some costs are going down. 

In New Cuyama, the Joseph Centeno Aquatics is potentially lowering their pool fees in order to attract more people to the pools.

The fee changes will be effective on July 1, 2017. For a list of all changes, click here.

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