SACRAMENTO (CBS / AP) — California voters have rejected an $18 surcharge on motor vehicle registration fees to shore up the state park system.

Proponents of the measure sought the levy to compensate for state funding cutbacks to California’s state parks. Conservationists and the tourism industry said maintaining and restoring the parks is vital to keep visitors coming to the Golden State.

Sixty parks were partially closed over the last year with another 90 suffering service reductions.

Opponents decried another fee foisted on citizens, especially one totally unrelated to the service.

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  1. Alfred E. Newman says:

    Well, This is a dumb propisition anyway. The state would lower the amount given to the Parks by the same amount as the $18 would generate.

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