Ketchikan: Local state parks could feel budget cuts

Posted: Sunday, March 17, 2002

State park facilities at Refuge Cove and Settler's Cove in Ketchikan might be closed if a budget cut approved recently by a House finance subcommittee remains in place.

The subcommittee for the Department of Natural Resources reduced the State Parks operating budget by about $1 million.

A DNR analysis indicates that the cut would require the closure of 28 park facilities across the state.

"Any business that cuts 19 percent of its budget is going to deliver fewer services," wrote DNR Commissioner Pat Pourchot in the DNR impact statement regarding the budget cuts.

The closures would mean barricading entrance roads, removing signs and picnic tables and boarding up outhouses, according to the impact statement. The state ranger position in the Ketchikan District would be reduced to a six-month position.

The full House Finance Committee took testimony last week from agencies and citizens concerned about $90 million in proposed cuts to offset increased costs.



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