July will be a busy month for the Paintsville Recreation Department, but Sunday also marked the beginning of the department collecting state sales tax on certain admissions, rentals and fees.

The new sales taxes, which went into effect July 1, include not only facility and event fees such as the swimming pool the Paintsville Recreation Department manages, but also bowling alleys, skating rinks and fitness centers.

Other services now also subject to the six percent sales tax also include golf course fees, veterinary care for small animals and car repairs.

Paintsville Recreation Director Scott “Shoes” Hale said levying the tax on patrons of the city pool and recreation center admissions will take some time to get used to.

“It’s obviously new and different,” Hale said. “Take admission at the pool, we’ve never had to bring loose change into it before.”

Hale said the pool fees, $3 for people age 16 and up, $2 for kids 15 and under and free for kids three and under, will now come out to amounts like $3.18 and $2.12, and those transactions are almost always done in cash.

For larger business often done by check or credit card, like pool party rentals, Hale says the new taxes will mean very little.

“I’ve got a great staff, they’ll just have to get the hang of it is all,” Hale said.

This week, the Paintsville Recreation Center hosts karate classes 7 p.m. Monday, yoga 11 a.m. Tuesday, Lifeline health screenings from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. Thursday, a Democrats meeting at 6 p.m., Thursday and Taekwondo class at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and live bluegrass music 7 p.m. Friday.

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