+LukeTrocity Posted November 11, 2010 Share Posted November 11, 2010 Are PA state parks intended to earn a profit? Public parks usually don't have that sort of mandate - the fees are there to cover operating costs, not for generating surplus revenue. Ummmm, yes, indirectly. Not just from entrance fees. Parks attract visitors, hikers, campers, tourists. Those people spend money in and around the park. The economic impact of a good park system can be huge. Pennsylvania's parks return an estimated $7.62 to the people of the Commonwealth for every $1 spent by the Commonwealth on the parks. That includes money spent at the gas stations and grocery stores next to the entrances, hotels, bars, etc. Plus some parks generate revenue through campsite fees, marina fees, ski lift tickets etc. They also create a lot of jobs. NY parks are said to return $5 for every tax dollar spent. CA is $30. This is not all going back to the general fund of the state, but to the economy of the areas around the park. Speaking as a taxpayer in PA, though, I don't mind this new fee. I want my tax dollars to go to maintaining and preserving the parkland. The fee is specific to the activity of geocaching, which has a limited audience. So does boating. I don't want tax dollars spent on giving boat owners access to a lake, so I don't mind if boat owners are charge a ramp fee. If you camp you pay a fee for the site, even if you are tenting and using no resources (ie electricity). Edit: add Source of economic claims. how many cache fees have You paid so far this year Quote Link to comment
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