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Old 01-01-2011, 01:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Just saw this on the 9news website. AT LEAST four parks are scheduled to close....

http://www.9news.com/news/local/arti...2950&catid=346

I just bought my pass for next year 4 days ago.
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Which four are they talking about closing?
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Old 01-01-2011, 01:55 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The article says Bonny, Sweitzer Lake, Harvey Gap and Paonia.
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Old 01-01-2011, 02:02 PM   #4 (permalink)
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OK, so they close the four parks and save $200,000.

They could let four employees go and save the same amount, if not more. Or they could raise the daily parks pass fee by $1.00-I'm sure they sell more than 200,000 passes in a year.


I just don't understand the thinking here.
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I thought the state parks made more money than ever last year? And they're raising the the cost of state park passes this year? And they still need budget cuts? Sounds like some major BS to me....it seems like the state is just finding new ways to screw us over...Pretty soon there won't be anywhere to fish or hunt.
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they aren't using your parks fees for parks.
it's just general revenue and it ain't enough for them.


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At least 50 cities in the state have adopted so-called crash-tax laws allowing local governments to seek reimbursement from insurance companies for the costs of sending public emergency crews to accident scenes. The fees can amount to hundreds or even thousands of dollars. If insurers don't pay, cities can hire collection agents to seek payment from the motorists involved.

Billing crash victims might seem heartless. But public officials said that budget woes are compelling them to find new ways to raise revenue. Over the last six years, Costa Mesa, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Santa Ana, Hemet and other cities have started charging fees for accident-related public services.

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I thought the state parks made more money than ever last year? And they're raising the the cost of state park passes this year? And they still need budget cuts? Sounds like some major BS to me....it seems like the state is just finding new ways to screw us over...Pretty soon there won't be anywhere to fish or hunt.
there's a great place to fish or hunt.

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I must have read the article a bit differently than you guys. This is a five year plan and includes AT LEAST four parks.

The four outlined may not be the only parks to close according to the article.
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Since State Parks no longer get money from the State General Fund, they will have to do something to address that shortfall. I'm not a fan of closing parks, but that seems to be the most palatable option. It's not just $200,000 that they are going to have to come up with. The article mentioned $6,700,000 in General Funds they received in the past.

If someone has a better idea on how to cut costs I'd love to hear it.
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If someone has a better idea on how to cut costs I'd love to hear it.

Decertify all public employees unions, cut their wages and put all their money into defined-contribution 401k's.

In the long run, that's the only way any governmental entity in this country is going to avoid bankruptcy.
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