Idaho parks: Future is unclear

Jan 17 2011 - 5:18pm

Idaho State Parks will face another year of scrambling to make ends meet based on Gov. C.L. (Butch) Otter's proposed budget for fiscal year 2012 that continues an 80 percent drop in funding from previous years.

A parks spokeswoman said there are no plans to close any of the state's 30 parks but the future of the park system is uncertain. Otter has said he wants the agency to become self-sufficient and not rely on support from taxpayers.

No state park system in the country, however, has been able to survive without taxpayer support, and some friends of the agency say the system will eventually wither without more money.Story:

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