It’s not a tax. It’s a fee — for school sports and a whole lot more

David Dahl:

Schools throughout greater Boston are raising fees for sports and other activities. While it’s not a property tax increase, the school fees are yet another way local governments are reaching into the pockets of parents to raise money.
North of Boston, for example, Hamilton-Wenham football games will cost close to $100 a pop this fall. That’s not for seats on the 50-yard line, but what players who suit up for the Generals pay to play: a $969 user fee, the highest for football in communities north of Boston.