On many occasions while talking with park personnel, discussions revolved around where the fees went. As I remember, monies (fees) went into the general fund of the United States and not directly to the park in question. The park service then had to go back yearly, hat in hand, begging for a budget from a generally stingy Congress. This makes a park fee just another tax on the general public, and does not benefit the park directly as a user fee.
Is this still the case? If so, the public needs to know this before any increases take place. Just wondering.
—Anton Oscar Olson
Salt Lake City