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January 20, 2010 > Budget cuts lead to higher child-care program fees

Budget cuts lead to higher child-care program fees

By Meenu Gupta

The recent failure of the City of Newark's Measure L (utility users' tax) means many programs, hitherto partially-subsidized by the City, will now have to cover operating costs or face possible elimination.

General Fund subsidies allowed the City's State Licensed Child Care Center full-time program to charge $145 - $165 per week. To reduce the General Fund contribution and make this program fully self-financing, Council voted unanimously to increase weekly fees to $168 - $200 per week. The fee schedule has also been changed to include an increase in the weekly fee-range for both resident and non-resident, full-time child care.

"Around 48 families want to continue child-care programs; parents have accepted the increase in fees and will transition from part-time to full time. We hope this consolidation with the Silliman Activity Center is temporary. It might be less convenient but it will work," said Recreation and Community Services Director David Zehnder.

To comply with state statutory requirements, the administrative citation fines listed in the current Master Fee Schedule have been modified to a first violation of $100, second violation of the same ordinance to $200 within one year and third, and subsequent, violations to $500 within one year.

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