Governor McCrory proposes 67 Million for NC State Parks
Dear State Park Friend,
I hope this letter finds you well. Our vast North Carolina State Parks System, which stretches from Mount Mitchell to Jockey's Ridge, supports our tourism industry, provides an outlet to improve our health and wellbeing, and contributes immeasurably to the quality of life that makes North Carolina a great place to visit, work, and live. North Carolina citizens like you have worked with great dedication and resolve to protect and support the spectacular natural and cultural resources found within our state parks.
As you are aware, Governor McCrory recently proposed the Connect NC Bond Package. This significant capital investment would enable our rapidly-growing state to quickly address its most severe transportation and infrastructure needs, many of which are directly tied to the North Carolina State Parks System. Due to the economic and environmental impact to local communities, as well as the increasing number of visitors each park hosts, maintaining access to the North Carolina Parks System and the infrastructure within each park is essential.
This bond proposal enables much needed repairs and updates to be accomplished in a responsible, fiscally sound approach without raising any taxes. More than $67,000,000 will be allocated to meet the most critical needs in our Parks.
As the North Carolina State Parks System centennial approaches, these repairs and updates could not be coming at a more important time. We strongly encourage you to contact your legislators to urge their support of the Connect NC Bond Package and ask that it be placed on the ballot this year.
For a more comprehensive breakdown of the benefits Connect NC Bond affords, please visit the website at: www.connect.nc.gov.
Thank you for your help.
Donald R. van der Vaart
Secretary of North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources