Helena commission considering citywide fee increases for services

Nolan Lister

The Helena City Commission intends to increase a number of fees for city services such as police reports and swim lessons.

The commission passed four separate resolutions of intention during Monday’s meeting to set fees for services provided by Helena Police Department Support Services Division, Helena Civic Center, Last Chance Splash Waterpark and Pool and Helena Parks, Recreation and Open Lands.

A public hearing for all fee increases will be held during the commission’s May 8 meeting at 6 p.m., at which point the commissioners are expected to approve the new rates.

Helena’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Open Lands proposed numerous increases to rates for services ranging from Last Chance Splash Waterpark and Pool entry fees and tennis court usage fees.

Participation in the summer day care program Kay’s Kids, which was free, will now cost residents $25 a week.

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