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$5 parks fee on Washington license renewals

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OLYMPIA, Wash. - Washington drivers who renew their license tabs next month will face a decision whether to donate $5 toward the operation of state parks or to opt out.

The state Department of Licensing has redesigned its vehicle registration notices to reflect changes approved earlier this year by the Legislature.

This replaces a method that required vehicle owners to add $5 or more to their registration payment if they wanted to give money to parks.

The News Tribune of Tacoma reports the contributions are expected to generate about $22 million over the next two years.

Without it, state budget writers said dozens of the state's 125 parks would have closed.

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