California State Parks Funding Initiative

January 18, 2010 · 5 comments

4-701-99  stock photo of California, Marin County, Mount Tamalpais State Park, Hiker on ridge

California’s 278 state parks are in trouble. Funding has been cut several years in a row. Now several citizens’ groups have joined together with a proposal for the November 2010 ballot to raise money for the parks from an annual $18 surcharge on vehicle license fees. Sponsoring organizations include Cal State Parks Foundation, Audubon Society, Save the Redwoods Leagueand scores of others.

The “California State Parks and Wildlife Conservation Trust Fund Act of 2010″ does more than provide funding for the parks. California vehicle owners will also benefit with a State Park Access Pass giving day use admission to all state parks throughout the year.

RIght now sponsors are collecting signatures to get the measure on the ballot. You can volunteer at the Parks Foundation Take Action web page. For more background check the Save The Redwoods FAQ pdf.

Our parks are a wondrous resource, refreshing, inspiring and well-deserving of our care and support.

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  • bobtowery

    Thanks for making this info available. I haven't read the material but I hope that it is set up such that politicians absolutely cannot use these dollars for anything else. They have a nasty habit of doing that. I love our parks, but I have mixed feelings about more (vehicle) taxes. I'd almost rather see a fixed fee that goes on our 540, for each taxpayer and their dependents, and then use of parks is not subject to user fees. Any way you look at it, our state is a mess, unfortunately.

  • bobtowery

    Thanks for making this info available. I haven't read the material but I hope that it is set up such that politicians absolutely cannot use these dollars for anything else. They have a nasty habit of doing that. I love our parks, but I have mixed feelings about more (vehicle) taxes. I'd almost rather see a fixed fee that goes on our 540, for each taxpayer and their dependents, and then use of parks is not subject to user fees. Any way you look at it, our state is a mess, unfortunately.

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