Riley County balks at fee cap proposal

A bill introduced last week in the state Senate could affect the Riley County Health Department’s child care licensing fees. The bill would cap the amount counties can charge for licensing fees at $25.

Breva Spencer, child care licensing program coordinator and surveyor, told county commissioners Thursday that child care fees help cover costs for inspections.

Before July 1, 2014, fees were $35 for in-home daycare and $65 to $75 for child care centers, preschools and Head Starts.

In 2014 the health department did a cost-comparative analysis after deciding its fees were minimal compared to other counties in the state. As a result of that analysis, fees now range from $65 to $105.

(Read more: Manhattan Mercury)