Albuquerque mayor belatedly asks to boost zoo fees
Posted at: 09/19/2012 7:36 AM
By: The Associated Press
Mayor Richard Berry
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Albuquerque's mayor is acknowledging he should have asked the City Council for approval before raising admission fees at the city's popular Biological Park.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that city chief operations officer John Soladay now says city rules require the Council to approve an 'appropriation" before the city can spend any of the money.
Two Council members are pushing for the entrance fee increase to be rolled back. Adult tickets to the park containing the city's zoo, aquarium and botanical gardens went up from $7 to $10 this month.
Soladay says the higher fees will stay in place while the Council considers approving them retroactively.
The higher fees will generate $1.3 million in extra revenue a year. The park has an $18 million backlog in repairs and maintenance.
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