Washington drivers letting $5 go to parks - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Washington drivers letting $5 go to parks

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Many drivers renewing their license tabs are allowing $5 donations to go to Washington state parks.

The state collected $1.4 million in September, the first month the opt-out system took effect. That also included people who paid their fees earlier plus donations other than the license program.

State parks spokeswoman Virginia Painter told The News Tribune of Tacoma donations are on track. The parks budget needs to average about $1.2 million per month from the car tab program to avoid shortfalls.

The Legislature replaced opt-in donations with the opt-out choice to raise money to keep state parks open. When the proposal was introduced, Republicans argued that requiring people to opt-out was deceptive.

The money is generally used for repairs, providing maps in the parks, fixing benches, restroom repairs etc.

 

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