NEW BRAUNFELS -- Few would think of floating the New Braunfels River during this polar plunge, but as Texans begin making plans for warmer weather, some may have to shell out more cash the next time they go tubing there.
Mayor Gale Pospisil said it's plain and simple: It costs a lot of money to maintain the river. The New Braunfels City Council said five bucks per person is reasonable.
It's New Braunfels biggest tourist attraction, lazy summer days on the river. It's also an expensive business for the city.
"We spend almost a million dollars a year just in keeping the river clean," said Mayor Pospisil.
Plus it costs money to keep park rangers, police and the fire department available for emergencies. Which is why city leaders want to start charging a $5 user fee. If the measure passes, it would only apply to non-residents who use city parks to access the river.
"I can see how that potentially might be a problem if people used it before and now [are] charging," said Brian Adams.
Adams is a San Antonio resident and said he's willing to pay, but he can see how others might get a little upset.
"It makes you angry that people don't care," said New Braunfels resident Fran Thompson.
Thompson said she's seen first-hand the mess that's left behind by some folks.
"If you can float the river and bring your beer (then paying $5 is reasonable)," said Thompson.
The mayor said recouping a million dollars the city spends to help float the tubing industry every summer is tough. Becoming revenue neutral is key, the mayor said.
"I suspect it has a good chance of passing," she said.
Details on just how the proposed measure will work will be sorted out. A vote could come as early as this month or possibly February.