State parks seeking comments on fee hikes

2014-08-31T00:00:00Z State parks seeking comments on fee hikes The Billings Gazette
August 31, 2014 12:00 am

State parks seeking comments on fee hikes

Montana State Parks is seeking public comment on proposed user-fee increases and associated rules for the park system.

The proposed user fees include modest increases for camping, campsite electrical service, cabin, yurt and tepee rental, nonresident entry, nonresident annual entrance passes and Lewis and Clark Caverns tours.

The fee rule would grant the authority to establish premium camping fees for select campsites based on popularity or other coveted amenities or locations.

User fees are the second largest source of revenue for Montana State Parks. The agency does not receive revenue generated through hunting or fishing licenses. The last state parks user-fee increase occurred for residents in 2003 and for nonresidents in 2010.

To review the proposed fee rule and a reference to both current and proposed fees, visit stateparks.mt.gov click on ‘Public Notices/Submit Comments’ on the right-hand task bar.

Public comments are due by Sept. 26 at 5 p.m.

To comment online go to: http://stateparks.mt.gov/news/publicNotices/environmental-assessments/pn_0029.html

The public can also email comments to StateParksFeeRule@mt.gov or send comments by regular mail to: Montana State Parks, 2014 Biennial Fee Rule, P.O. Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701.

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