They probably drive the same roads, shop in the same places and in some cases attend the same schools.
There really isn't much that separates Anmore and Port Moody residents.
But for several years, there has been one big difference between the two when it comes to using the Port Moody Recreation Complex.
However that could all soon change as Port Moody city council will consider a recommendation to scrap the current practice of charging Anmore residents extra for participating in programs at the recreation centre.
The recommendation came from a committee of the whole meeting Tuesday, following a report from the Port Moody - Anmore Joint Recreation Task Force.
The task force originally recommended implementing an annual membership of $125 per Anmore family that would give village residents access to programs and services at the same rates as Port Moody residents.
The former policy was to charge Anmore residents a 110-per-cent levy on top of the base fee at the complex.
But Mayor Mike Clay is pushing for the entire levy to be abolished.
"We should get away from it, in my opinion," he told the Tri-Cities NOW.
The mayor explained his reasoning comes down to dollars and cents.
He said the city is losing several thousand dollars a year from Anmore residents who are simply choosing to use facilities in Coquitlam.
Clay noted the recreation centre was built based on projections that included Anmore residents, adding the city knew there was a risk they might stay away.
"'They don't need us,' is what they've [Anmore residents] said," he said. "You're treating us like second-class citizens; I'm out."
According to a staff report, records show only 68 Anmore residents are currently using the facility, when at one time that number was as high as 212.
Recreation revenues have dropped to $10,000 in 2012 from $24,400 in 2008.
The report also notes the number of users from Belcarra has dropped to zero in 2012 from 15 in 2008.
If council ultimately decides to turf the tariff, it will be welcomed by Anmore's mayor, Heather Anderson.
She said Anmore residents struggled with being charged additional funds to put their kids in programs, while also feeling like Port Moody residents didn't want them there.
"I think for a lot of people this would be a wonderful outcome for this situation," Anderson said of the idea to scrap the levy.
The village's mayor agreed that many Anmore residents are using Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam centres where they aren't paying extra.
She said in many cases the distance to either city's recreation centres is similar. Anderson said lifting the levy would indicate to Anmore residents they are welcome to attend Port Moody facilities.
The staff report also indicated Port Moody's annual costs for the recreation complex are $914,000, or 3.11 per cent of the annual tax revenue for the nearly $30-million city budget.
The average household in Port Moody pays $1,750 in taxes, and $54.48 per household goes toward operating the complex.
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