Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

City Shouldn't Charge Food Fund-Raiser Fees.(Final)(Editorial)


The county has been reassuring public schools outside the city limits they won't be charged for fund-raising food sales. The city should adopt the county's approach and get rid of its onerous permit fees, which are shutting down school popcorn sales and snack bars citywide.

Simply requiring a permit is enough to force school food handlers to attend training on health and safety, the county says, and permits are free to non-profits. Enforcement is no problem, the county says, as school groups generally have gotten permits.

Since January, however, the city has charged fees of $100 to $400 a year for student- and parent-run snack bars. Manzano High School shelled out $1,200 for three permits and consolidated two snack bars to cut costs. …

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