LAS VEGAS (AP) - Las Vegas is giving up its responsibility to license and regulate child care centers as part of a cost-saving plan to cope with budget problems.
Officials say the city expects to save about $700,000 each year under the plan.
The plan was recommended by the city's recent fundamental service review, which examined the budget in hopes of finding ways to fix a projected deficit of $150 million over the next five years.
Responsibility would go back to the state if the city decides to give it up.
A Health and Human Services spokesman says the state has built the costs into its budget for the next two years.
The city council is expected to vote on an ordinance soon; the plan would take effect in May.
Information from: Las Vegas Sun, http://www.lasvegassun.com
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