- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama parks scheduled to close next month will stay open a little while longer.

Alabama State Parks Director Greg Lein on Wednesday said Gov. Robert Bentley has instructed him to delay closing four parks and two golf courses on May 1.

Earlier this month the park system announced plans to close as many as 15 of the state’s 22 parks due to budget cuts.

The park system is operated by user-generated revenue and by money from the state’s General Fund. A 2016 draft budget would cut around $10.4 million in state funding from the park system.

A statement from Lein says the park system will soon take “extreme measures” if new revenue isn’t passed.

Bentley’s plan to raise $541 million in new tax revenue has received little support from lawmakers.


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