Voters to Decide on License Fee to Save State Parks

Friday, Jun 11, 2010  |  Updated 11:45 AM PDT
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Voters to Decide on License Fee to Save State Parks

Mike Duda

tate budget cuts forced nearly 60 of the 278 parks to close on certain days of the week, 90 others were forced to reduce services, like closing campgrounds, parking lots and day use areas.

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California voters will decide this fall whether to increase the state's vehicle license fee $18 to help fund state parks.

Secretary of State Debra Bowen certified the initiative for the November ballot on Thursday after counting 447,000 signatures.

Supporters say the annual fee will provide a stable funding source. State budget cuts forced nearly 60 of the 278 parks to close on certain days of the week, 90 others were forced to reduce services, like closing campgrounds, parking lots and day use areas.

If voters approve, vehicles with California plates would get free entrance to state parks.

Other measures on the ballot would legalize and tax marijuana and take away lawmakers' ability to draw congressional districts. A third was put on the ballot by the Legislature and asks voters to approve an $11.1 billion water bond.

June 24 is the last day to qualify an initiative.

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