Parks spokeswoman Virginia Painter told The Wenatchee World revenues were nearly $5 million short of expectations from June through September. She says the commission will consider asking the Legislature for $27 million for the 2013-2015 budget period.
The Legislature decided two years ago to make state parks largely self-sufficient, depending on the annual Discover Pass and camping and boat launch fees. Painter says no other states have park systems that rely solely on user revenues.
State Parks is launching a new campaign urging people to support Washington parks by buying the $30 Discover Pass.