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July 7, 2015

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County Commission rejects higher recreation fees for high-schoolers

Clark County commissioners rejected a plan to impose new fees on high schoolers who want to swim in county pools or use county fitness centers.

Led by Commissioner Steve Sisolak, who argued that charging fees “sends the wrong message” to youth about the importance of exercise, commissioners voted for the Parks & Recreation Department to eliminate fees that would have taken effect Jan. 1.

The new fees would have included $2 per-hour, per-lane for individuals, age 3-17, doing lap swimming. Fees also were to increase for the use of fitness rooms for adults ages 18 to 49 from free to $2 per day, or to $12 for a 30-day pass.

Sisolak said many kids in high school are 18, and he didn’t think it was fair to charge them a fee while their classmates, still 17, might use the recreational areas for free.

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