Okay, I’m confused. (Many others would attest to that!) Riley County says they will raise the cost of a child care license. Currently, the $35/year fee is low compared to other counties. I understand that and applaud the County’s efforts to have their fee structure in line with others.
My question comes re the City owned and operated child care facility. If the County raises the license fee, won’t make any difference to the City’s facility since it is tax supported. Does the City facility have to be licensed? I would hope any child care facility must undergo the inspections required to assure a safe environment for youngsters. If the City fee is paid for by taxpayers and that fee goes to the County, isn’t that double taxation? If our taxes are paying the wages and expenses of the one performing the inspection, we’re already paying that cost. Then, if we have to pay additional costs as a “fee”... something isn’t right. Why am I at almost 70 years old paying taxes to support a City-owned child care facility anyway??
These are the kinds of issues that arise when a municipality opens a child care facility… an expensive facility geared for the privilieged… in direct competition to private enterprises. We’re funding a child care facility for the well to do in the community and we’re supposed to jump on board with another $50 million venture… also for the privileged. At the same time, we’re asked to add dollars to our water bills because the elected body wants to cut services to the less fortunate of the community. Sheesh!!!!!