Report: Let Conn. parks keep more of their money

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WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — A legislative report recommends that state parks keep up to half their annual revenue as the state makes its largest investment ever to improve Connecticut parks as they celebrate their centennial.

The Republican-American reports that the parks turn over nearly all their revenue to the state. Last year, that came to $6.7 million in parking, camping and concession fees at the 107 parks and 32 forests.

The parks received $11.2 million in state funding and federal money, grants and private donations for a total $12.8 million. State parks director Tom Tyler says the amount has been decreasing over the last three years, due largely to budget constraints.

The state is authorizing $60 million in bonds to reinvest in the parks system that’s celebrating its centennial this year.

 

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