Environmental groups call for local park funding

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Environmentalists are calling on the Texas Legislature to restore funding for a program that provides grants to local parks.

The League of Conservation Voters and Environment Texas on Thursday said it still wasn't too late to restore the Texas Parks and Wildlife Program that lawmakers cut in 2011.

Local parks and pools are funded mostly through local sales taxes, but since 1979 Parks and Wildlife has provided cities and counties with $390 million in grants.

The draft budget for 2014-2015 has already restored funding for state parks, but the groups want $15.5 million for local parks as well. Local officials say the funding is critical for adding more parks and making major improvements to existing ones.

The draft budget is currently in conference committee where lawmakers will make final changes.

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