"It's got to pay for itself," council member Brad Webster said during the meeting.
After lengthy discussion with town residents, Webster and Council President Andy Kirchner voted for the increases during the council's Monday meeting.
Those wishing to rent the center for birthday parties, family reunions, weddings, receptions and showers will pay $125 after the first of the year.
The original rental agreement called for birthday parties and family reunions usage to be a cost of $75, while for weddings, receptions and showers, the cost was $100.
In addition, the new agreement will be $75 per hour for business meetings, banquets, auctions, fundraisers, sales or "any profit making event."
Council members also agreed to update some of the wording within the original agreement to make it more up-to-date.
Webster told residents his original idea was to draw up the rental agreement cheap "on purpose" to draw more people in. Council members learned Monday the center is being rented regularly through weekends.
Prior to the rental agreement being created, council members spoke with former Staunton Council member Jim Smith, who also served on the Clay County 4-H Board, in reference to setting up the agreement.
On Monday, the council elected to continue allowing the Lady Volunteers of Staunton to use the center for community dinners and other events at a cost of $75. The decision was made because money raised from the dinners and events goes directly back into the community center.
Meanwhile, the council also came to a set price for Town Clerk-Treasurer Cathy Mienheartt to continue cleaning the center. The council voted unanimously to pay Mienheartt $300 monthly to do so.
The council also agreed to switch town attorneys during Monday's meeting. By a 2-0 vote, the council will work with Brazil resident Traci Lawson beginning Jan. 1, 2012. Lawson works as a firm member at Cox, Zwerner, Gambill and Sullivan, LLP, Terre Haute, and also serves as the Brazil City Attorney.
The council meets regularly on the second Monday of each month at the Staunton Community Center. As is typical, the council elected not to meet in January 2012. Its next meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 13.