state parks revenue
Our Position: support
Bill Number: HB2362
Sponsor: Fann, Brophy McGee, Campbell, et al.
Legislative Session: 2012 Legislative Session
HB2362 state parks revenue (Fann, Brophy McGee, Campbell, et al.) establishes the state parks revenue fund, which consists of various funds, including those that parks generate from park fees, concessions, and the sale of posters, postcards, books, etc. This is an attempt to consolidate funds and limit fund sweeps. While this bill would not prevent the legislature from taking the dollars in the future, it sends the message that it is the intent of the legislature that these funds generated by the parks, stay with the parks.
03/30/2012 - It was vetoed to the Governor.
You can contact Governor Brewer by calling her at (602) 542-4331 or toll free at 1-(800) 253-0883.
Arizona State Parks system consists of 27 parks and three natural areas and includes places such as Homolovi Ruins, Tubac Presidio, Lost Dutchman State Park, Kartchner Caverns, among many others. Arizonas State Parks, these natural areas, historic places, archaeological sites, cultural resources, and much more, are in trouble. Over the last decade, parks funding from the Arizona State Legislature has decreased significantly.
Arizona State Parks has had no increase in operating funds since 2002, a limited capital budget since 2003, and unmet capital needs of $150 million. The agency currently stands at a 40 percent personnel vacancy rate. At parks where law enforcement, public safety, and water safety must be provided, reductions in staff means that parks must close. State Parks has limped along; local communities and volunteer groups have stepped up to keep most of the parks open for at least a portion of the year.
Unfortunately, the Arizona Legislature has consistently swept the enhancement fund (park entrance fees) and state lake improvement fund (gas and usage tax) and has totally eliminated lottery revenues (Heritage Fund). When this happens, State Parks is left with almost no source of operating funds.
These 30 exceptional places have been conserved over the past half century for the recreational, environmental, and cultural enjoyment of all Arizonans. They represent our history and our future. We must do better as stewards of these amazing resources. Please support HB2362.