VISITS TO COUNTY'S 12 PARKS IN '98 WILL COST MORE; FEES TO COVER BUDGET SHORTFALL.Byline: David Greenberg The creator of this article, or someone who has substantially contributed to it, may have a conflict of interest regarding its subject matter.
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Whoever says the best things in life are free has only a few more days to prove it.
Beginning Jan. 1, users of Ventura County's 12 developed parks will have to pay more for the privilege as the Parks Department seeks to replenish re·plen·ish
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2. its $3.1 million annual budget in the wake of an $800,000 loss in subsidies.
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RECAPTURE, war. the cost of providing these facilities and services to the public,'' said Blake Boyle, county parks manager.
Driving into a park - formerly a free endeavor - will cost $1, while weekend and holiday use will jump from $2 to $3. Among those affected by the change are Oakbrook in Thousand Oaks Thousand Oaks, residential city (1990 pop. 104,352), Ventura co., S Calif., in a farm area; inc. 1964. Avocados, citrus, vegetables, strawberries, and nursery products are grown. ; Tapo Canyon in Simi Valley Simi Valley (sē`mē, sĭm`ē), city (1990 pop. 100,217), Ventura co., SW Calif. in an oil, fruit, and farm region; laid out 1887, inc. 1969. ; Oak Park in Simi Valley and Moorpark; and Camarillo Grove Park in Camarillo.
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2. Happening or done every night: the physician's nightly rounds. camping fees at Hobson and Faria beaches will rise from $17 to $20.
An overnight stay will rise from $13 to $16 at Rincon Parkway and $11 to $14 at Foster Park.
The Board of Supervisors, in accordance Accordance is Bible Study Software for Macintosh developed by OakTree Software, Inc.
As well as a standalone program, it is the base software packaged by Zondervan in their Bible Study suites for Macintosh. with its goal to make the parks system self sufficient, approved the fee hikes earlier this week by a 4-1 vote.
Supervisor Judy Mikels, the lone dissenter, said the parks budget should be examined first to see if there is any fat that can be trimmed.
If fee hikes are still needed, she said they could be incorporated in the budget for fiscal 1999, which begins July 1.
``I want justification for the fee hike,'' Mikels said.
Last month, supervisors cut an annual subsidy of about $800,000 the parks had received for years from Channel Islands Harbor.
Park fees in fiscal 1997, which ended June 30, totaled approximately $807,000.
Officials estimated the fee increase will bring revenues up to $948,000 a year.
Additional funding comes from other sources, such as the leasing of two golf courses and four campgrounds.
Supervisors want a status report in early fall to determine whether the fee increase resulted in a reduction in use - something Boyle does not anticipate.
``We seem to have a very high demand,'' he said. ``I think the market will bear that (fee) increase.''