By PHIL KABLER
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Legislators should reconsider imposing entrance fees at state parks and forests to help close a multimillion dollar funding gap for needed capital improvements and deferred maintenance, a legislative performance audit released Tuesday concludes.
The audit notes that, using the park system’s own estimates, the state needs somewhere between $75 million and $100 million of new funding to complete a backlog of capital improvement and deferred maintenance projects throughout the park system.
A pending $60 million Lottery bond issue approved by the Legislature during the 2018 regular session will help fund many, but not all, of the needed capital improvement projects, the audit notes.
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