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Parks:
funds; elimination; transfer

Our Position: oppose
Bill Number: SB1110
Sponsor: Senator Bob Burns
Legislative Session: 2008 Legislative Session

SB1110 subjects the State Lake Improvement to legislative appropriation. While this sounds relatively innocuous, it would further hinder the State Parks Board’s ability to protect and manage our 31 parks in Arizona, and significantly and negatively affect the State Parks budget.  Already, Parks has been hit by repeated sweeps in these funds and the failure of the Legislature to provide adequate general funding for the agency.  The SLIF has been subject to sweeps by the Arizona Legislature including in the FY2002 budget where $6 million was swept, the FY2003 where $10 million was swept, and the FY2004 budget where $6.8 million was swept.  Eliminating the transfer will likely ensure that these dollars actually make it to State Parks even less frequently.

Status

It passed out of Appropriations along party lines.  Senator Allen was not present as she is still recovering from health issues.

Action Needed

To view a list of senators and their contact information click on senators.

More information

To view a copy of the bill and a more detailed status, click on SB1110.

Contact

Please call Sandy Bahr at (602) 253-8633 or email sandy.bahr@sierraclub.org

Background

The State Lake improvement Fund (SLIF) was established in 1960 and provides funding for improvements on Arizona’s lakes and rivers where boating is allowed.  A percentage of the motor fuel tax and watercraft license fees, plus interest earned, provide the funding for this program.  The facilities provided via the SLIF funds include safety features and centers, boat ramps, and waste management including rest rooms, among other things.

Currently, Parks uses the SLIF dollars to support 28 Full Time Equivalents (FTEs) and provide $6 million in grants.  The SLIF provides $3 million in operating funds for the agency.

Loss of these funds to State Parks will have significant negative impacts.  We encourage the Legislature to reject SB1110 to support our parks in Arizona.

 

     
     

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