MADISON, Conn. (CBS Connecticut) – The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection says Connecticut’s 109 state parks are ready for the Memorial Day weekend. Collectively, state parks see 8 million visitors each year.

While state parks are trying to manage cuts in the new state budget, officials say it should be business as usual at state parks at least through Independence Day. Later in the season, officials say they may be forced to reduce some services, perhaps by shortening hours or reducing the number of campsites available.

Also, there will no longer be sales tax charged on state park parking fees. The 6.35 percent levy was imposed last year, and caused problems in the form of long lines at park entrances from attendants having to make and handle change. Lawmakers, this year, repealed the tax on parking fees.


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