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State Parks commission holds special meeting Tuesday in Olympia

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on Dec. 5, 2011 at 9:46 am with No Comments »
December 5, 2011 9:46 am

The State Parks and Recreation Commission will hold a special meeting Tuesday to consider agency budget reduction plans.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. in the Environmental Hearings Office on the third floor of the Washington State Parks Headquarters Building, 1111 Israel Road S.W., Olympia.

The commission will consider an agency reduction plan in order to ensure a balanced budget in the 2011-13 biennium. Because revenues from sources such as the new Discover Pass are not coming in at projected levels this biennium, the commission has been working on a strategy to transform its operating model so the agency can live within its means in the short-term, while continuing to make investments for long-term sustainability, said a news release.

A core concept behind the reduction plan is to keep parks open in order to continue to build support for the Discover Pass. The user-fee program was launched in July to replace general und tax dollars no longer available to operate state recreation lands.

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