Utility rates for state park campers were increased at Thursday’s Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism commission meeting. Linda Lanterman, state parks director, said the increase is needed to off set the higher rates the parks are paying for the utilities.
The commission approved a $1.50 increase on daily utilities, no matter if the campers are using electricity, water, gas or all three. Daily rates increased from $7.50 to $9 for one, from $9.50 to $11 for two and from $10.50 to $12 for all three utilities.
Also approved was a $30.50 rate increase for monthly utility rates. At most state parks that means rates increased from $240 to $270.50 for one, $300 to $330.50 for two and $360 to $390.50 for all three.
At El Dorado, Milford and Tuttle Creek state parks, three of Kansas’ most popular, monthly utility rates increased from $280 to $310.50 for one, $340 to $370.50 for two and $400 to $430.50 for all three utilities.
The rate increases should go into effect within a few weeks.
Also at the meeting:
As they did in 2013, Fox said the department will again have a weekend firearms season in October for antlerless whitetails. Such a season was mandated last year by the Kansas legislature in hopes of reducing the state’s deer population.
“So far it’s been used by very few people,” Fox told commissioners. “It was not a popular season with hunters.”
Keith Sexson, Wildlife and Park’s assistant secretary, said 99 groups applied for the seven permits this year, and about $320,000 had been raised by the program in the previous eight years. The lone annual elk permits have averaged around $9,000 and deer permits averaged $2,500 to $6,000.