State Parks Commission to Hold Special Meeting Today on Budget

The Commission subsequently requested $27.2 million in General Fund. Before leaving office, former Governor Gregoire proposed zero General Fund in her “Book One” budget, the version of the budget that would be in place without additional -evenue sources – and $18.7 million in the “Book Two” budget version, in the event that new taxes or other revenue sources would be identified. 

A final budget will not be known until the Legislature adopts and the Governor signs a final budget at the end of the legislative session. 

In other business, the Commission will consider providing authority to the agency director or designee to negotiate on their behalf with the Washington Federation of State Employees on employee issues related to a new pending governance approach at Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend. The Commission directed staff in December to move forward to negotiate an agreement with the Fort Worden Public Development Authority to manage the campus portion of the park. 

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