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State looking to axe Michigan State Park fees

Andrew Norton

Legislation has been proposed that would axe the $6 daily and $24 annual Michigan State Park fees in favor of an additional $10 on your vehicle registration. Any vehicle with a Michigan plate would gain entrance to any state park without paying. They want to include an option to opt out of paying the additional $10 on your vehicle registration. This would create a policy similar to the numerous roadside stands selling produce or something and they have a tin can that you place your money in. It's covered by an honesty policy. They expect people to tell the park attendant that they did not pay the additional $10 fee? Really?

How else would this be tracked?

Now this is estimated to bring in more revenue than the current $10 million that park entrance fees bring in and you know that the state parks are in need of more funds. They just can't keep up with upkeep and have even considered selling some parks in recent years.

Honestly, I would be more apt to stop in at state parks if my fee was already paid. It would be nice to just drive on in and not have to wait in line to pay for a daily or annual pass.

What do you think?