Los Alamos stable licensees saddled with new fees

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By Garrison Wells

The Los Alamos County Council in a split vote Tuesday night approved new annual fees for stable licensees in Los Alamos.
Starting July 1, 2011, stable fees will include:
$125 administrative fee
$200 maintenance fee for half lots
$400 maintenance fee for full lots
“I think the stables here in town are definitely a benefit,” said County Councilor Ralph Phelps, who made the motion to approve the fee changes.
The council left open the potential for additional changes, including giving power to stable owners to help reduce costs of running the facilities and getting private companies involved in the removal of manure, which is the single largest cost for the stables.
“I urge the staff to come back soon,” Phelps said.
Linda Smith, a local horse owner, said she has researched ways to trim the cost of manure removal – pegged at $53,000 a year and handled by the county – by bringing in private companies.
Several companies expressed an interest in carting away the manure and their involvement would cut costs significantly, she said. But she has had problems getting the county staff to listen to her ideas.

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