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WA: Parks budget focuses on deferred maintenance

(Feb. 12, 2018) -- Gov. Butch Otter is recommending a one-time $865,000 investment into deferred maintenance at Idaho’s state parks next year, but even with that boost in state general funds, the parks system would only get 10 percent of its funding from the state, Parks Director David Langhorst told legislative budget writers today.

SPOKANE, Wash. — Gov. Butch Otter is recommending a one-time $865,000 investment into deferred maintenance at Idaho’s state parks next year, but even with that boost in state general funds, the parks system would only get 10 percent of its funding from the state, Parks Director David Langhorst told legislative budget writers today.

“We are a very self-sufficient department,” Langhorst told the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee.

“I like to remind folks that our mission is to improve the quality of life in Idaho through outdoor recreation,” Langhorst said. “It’s not to go out and make money for the general fund. It just so happens we do, which is kind of a surprise for some folks.”

Read the full story from The Spokesman Review.

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Rebecca Smith is a Wisconsin native currently living in Illinois with her husband, Eric, and two dogs, Maggie and Grace. She enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking and, of course, camping in cabins and park models.

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