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Admission fees likely to go up again at L.A. Zoo

Los Angeles Zoo Allen J. Schaben--Los Angeles Times

This post has been corrected. See below for details.

Ticket prices are expected to go up again at the Los Angeles Zoo, with the City Council set to vote Tuesday to impose its fifth increase in five years.

On their last day before they leave for a two-week break, council members will take up a plan to boost zoo admission fees by $1 across the board for adults, seniors and children -- part of the budget plan proposed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in April.

Entry fees have steadily climbed at the zoo as the city's budget picture worsened, with the price more than doubling for kids 12 and under. In 2005, the year Villaraigosa took office, that fee was $5. Under the latest round of increases, the price will hit $12.

Admission for seniors will reach $14, up from $7 in 2005. The ticket price for adults will hit $17, up from $10 seven years ago.

This year's increases are expected to generate $720,000 for the city's general fund, which had a $238- million shortfall earlier this year. Villaraigosa and council members also have pursued other strategies for balancing the budget, including the passage of six increases in parking ticket fines over seven years.

[For the record, July 3, 2:29 p.m.: An earlier version of this article incorrectly said that admission cost increases at the Los Angeles Zoo are expected to generate $780,000 for L.A.'s general fund.]

-- David Zahniser at Los Angeles City Hall


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Photo: The giraffe enclosure at the Los Angeles Zoo. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

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