LAS VEGAS, Nev. (702 Times, NV Globe) – Starting in 2023, child care establishments all around Nevada will have to pay much more for inspections by the Nevada State Fire Marshal’s Office.
Changes to the fees, which haven’t altered in more than 40 years, were part of the regulations that were examined and adopted on Wednesday in Carson City. And throughout that period, a lot has changed.
The prior price, which was a fixed rate of $22 for certain rural Nevada firms, is increasing by more than ten times.
The fee increase was not discussed with the daycare centers.
A new fee system that shifts the financial burden to the enterprises was adopted by the Legislative Commission.
Gregory T. Hafen, a Republican who serves as an assemblyman, questioned the variations in costs assessed to childcare centers. According to him, certain establishments in his area, which includes rural sections of Clark, Nye, and Lincoln counties, would cost as much as $237. Others cost about $180.
According to Nevada State Fire Marshal Chief Mike Dzyak, the organization standardized costs by ZIP code so that it wasn’t actually “charging mileage” based on how far the business was from the Fire Marshal’s Office. There are offices in Las Vegas and Reno, respectively.
Dzyak claimed that because his organization is no longer supported by the general money, they were unable to cover the expense.
“We can’t do anything for free. We have to cover costs,” Dzyak said.
The sole vote against the amendment was cast by Hafen. The answer for why the costs varied so widely when the firms were only “a 5-mile drive” apart didn’t satisfy him.
Dzyak claimed he was unable to provide a more thorough response. He said that due to issues with Southwest Airlines flights, the employee who developed the algorithm for calculating the rate was unable to work.
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