State parks commission to meet in Vancouver



The budget woes plaguing the Washington state parks system come to Vancouver on Thursday when the Parks and Recreation Commission meets here.

The commission will meet at 9 a.m. Thursday at Vancouver City Hall, 415 Sixth St.

In September, the commission requested $18 million in state general fund money for the 2013-15 budget cycle. But, Discover Pass revenue for June through September came in about $4.7 million short of expectations.

The parks commission will consider asking for another $9.2 million from the general fund, for a total of $27.2 million.

State lawmakers want the park system to finance itself primarily through fees rather than general tax dollars, The parks agency has been told the 2013-15 budget is being built with no general fund contribution to parks.