- Associated Press - Monday, December 8, 2014

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) - The Vicksburg National Military Park is hosting a town hall meeting Tuesday to discuss a plan to increase entrance fees.

The meeting is 7 p.m. at the park Visitor Center in Vicksburg.

Under the proposal, the cost of an annual pass would increase from $20 to $30, and a vehicle pass would increase from $8 to $15. A per person pass would increase from $4 to $7, and a motorcycle pass would rise from $4 to $10.

“The money from entrance fee is used to improve facilities, maintain infrastructure and enhance visitor services,” Park Superintendent Michael Madell told The Vicksburg Post (https://bit.ly/15STpi9 ).

Admission fees to the military park last increased nine years go, and the annual pass rate has not increased since 2004.

At least 80 percent of the entrance fees collected by the park stay in Vicksburg, Madell said.

Past projects funded though the fees include production of a visitor orientation film, rehabilitation of the park’s living history area and projects that make the park accessible to persons with disabilities, he said.

“Additional revenue raised by a fee increase would be used for similar projects, such as developing exhibit plans for the historic Shirley House and Pemberton’s Headquarters,” Madell said.

In 2013, Madell said the park had more than 573,000 visitors.

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Information from: The Vicksburg Post, https://www.vicksburgpost.com


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