2019 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1700 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Ingram
State Parks Ops and Maintenance Funding

Item 363 #6h

Item 363 #6h

First Year - FY2019 Second Year - FY2020
Natural Resources
Department of Conservation and Recreation FY2019 $2,780,000 FY2020 $2,780,000 GF

Page 401, line 16, strike "$63,895,919" and insert "$66,675,919".
Page 401, line 16, strike "$67,793,291" and insert "$70,573,291".

Page 403, after line 5, insert:

"K. Included in the amounts for this item is $2,780,000 the first year and $2,780,000 the second year from the general fund to supplement other available funding for the routine maintenance of buildings, grounds and equipment in the State Parks as well as for day to day operations of the Parks."


(This amendment provides $2.78 million each year to address critical operational funding needs for routine maintenance of buildings and grounds, equipment and support day to day operations of the state parks. Park visitation and facilities have both increased exponentially since last re-benchmarked in 2004. Continued inadequate resources are causing items to fall into disrepair and create operational inefficiencies. Without an increase in operational funding, critical repairs will become necessary at a greater expense due to the failure to fund routine and preventative maintenance. Without new funding, parks have to make difficult decisions on what aspects of park operations must be impacted, including facility closures.

This request for additional operating monies includes funds for maintenance project labor, tools and supplies; increases in utility, waste disposal, and pest control costs; trail maintenance costs, merchandise and other revenue generating equipment and supplies; law enforcement supplies and communications equipment and much more. In addition to the funding shortage already faced, State parks added 15 new cabins and lodges and 47 new yurts that will be online by the end of 2019.)