The failure of a ballot measure to create a dedicated funding source for California parks leaves the state park system dependent on donations and revenue from new concessions to prevent closures, according to a new report.
More than $46 million was spent for and against a failed November ballot measure that would have suspended California’s landmark global warming law, according to campaign finance reports filed Monday.
Supporters of Proposition 21 haven’t given up the fight, as they have now turned to an online donation drive in an effort to raise cash.
Access to many state parks could be limited starting on Wednesday, as reduced hours and services are expected due to a $14 million budget shortfall.
California voters have rejected an $18 surcharge on motor vehicle registration fees to shore up the state park system.
State park advocates hope to leverage one California passion—driving—to support another—the great outdoors—with a fee on vehicle registrations to fund a park system in danger of decline.