If the parks can be made to be self-supporting, then we can eliminate taxpayer funding for them.
In place of tax revenue, the governor is proposing that operation of the state park system be funded by entrance and campsite fees.
Walker’s budget calls for the cost of an annual state park pass to rise by $3 to $28 a year. Nightly campsite fees, which currently range from $12 to $22, would increase by $2. There’s an additional fee of $9.70 per reservation through Wisconsin’s privately operated online reservation service.
As a frequent guest of Wisconsin’s state parks, I think this is a great idea. There’s no reason why people who enjoy using the parks can’t pay for them.