Faced with the possible closure of 40 parks, lawmakers are looking at imposing a $5 fee on all vehicles, due when you get your license tabs. The voluntary program that is in place today raised only $700,000 last year.
If the program became “opt out” — that is, the money would be collected unless vehicle owners checked a box that said “No,” the state could raise $23 million every two years.
That assumes that 40 percent of vehicles (and their owners) would be participating, according to the state Parks and Recreation Commission.
Stay tuned. It’s budget day. Let’s see what Senate Democrats assume in their budget proposal, which comes out at 10:30 a.m.