Keep state parks funding in state parks
Dear [Decision Maker],
I'm writing to urge you to appropriate the recently-identified funds in the Department of Parks and Recreation to the park and recreation purposes they were intended. It is imperative that budgetary "bait and switch" tactics not be used with these newly-identified funds. Specifically, the more than $20 million in State Park and Recreation Fund (SPRF) revenues which are derived from day-use admission, parking, overnight camping, boating, and other fees come from park-related activities and need to remain dedicated to park purposes. It is unfortunate that these funds weren't put to critical park uses when they were available. But it would only add insult to injury for the Legislature now to put those funds elsewhere or claim to put them into state parks but simply reduce the park system's General Fund allocation at the same time. Over the past 14 months, groups and individuals throughout California have come to the rescue of state parks by providing temporary reprieves from closure. They did so because they were repeatedly told that the state did not have funds to support park needs.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]
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