- Associated Press - Thursday, March 6, 2014

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Oregon’s county parks will soon get a funding boost thanks to a measure that cleared the state Legislature Thursday.

Currently, the parks get a 35 percent split of state recreational vehicle registration fees, but that number was set to decrease to 30 percent in July 2015.

Meanwhile, the Oregon Parks Association says county parks are facing declining local revenues and $80 million in maintenance backlogs. The group says lottery funds have helped state parks eliminate much of their backlog, but counties don’t get those funds.

Lawmakers approved immediately increasing the share going to county parks from 35 percent to 40 percent, then bumping it to 45 percent in July 2015. County officials have said the additional funds would help clear the backlog.

The measure goes to Gov. John Kitzhaber.

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