Under Governor Mitt Romney's new user fee proposal, players at Canton's Ponkapoag Golf Course, owners of pondfront cottages in Plymouth and Carver's Myles Standish Forest, and visitors to Easton's Borderland State Park would help the state raise $60 million to help cover its budget shortfall in the next fiscal year.
Among the dozens of proposed fee increases is a $2 parking charge being added at 10 state parks, including Borderland State Park, which sits on the Sharon-Easton line, where the parking had been free. The majority of state parks have had a daily parking fee, said Katie Cahill, a spokeswoman for the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs. All parks would now charge the $2 fee.
In some cases, the state will gather public input before raising a fee. The Metropolitan District Commission held a hearing last Friday in Boston on proposed fee hikes for golfers at Ponkapoag Golf Course in Canton and Leo J. Martin Memorial Golf Course in Weston. According to Cahill, various season passes are set to be hit with increases ranging from $50 to $150. Daily golfing fees also would increase either $5 or $10. The fee hikes should take effect early next month, at the start of the golf season.
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