Colo. State Parks to consider some higher fees

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Denver (AP) - The Colorado State Parks Board is considering raising some fees to help cover a projected $3 million reduction in state general funds.

The board will vote in September on a proposal to increase camping fees by $2 a night, reservation fees by $2 and boating registration fees by $10 to $25.

Daily entrance fees and annual passes will stay the same.

If approved, the new fees would take effect Jan. 1.

All state agencies are exploring ways to cut spending and raise funds to offset budget shortfalls. State parks officials say the agency will rely more heavily on user fees to finance operations.

Colorado's 42 state parks draw more than 11 million visitors annually.

The agency is taking public comments on the proposed increases through Sept. 1.

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