State park utility rate hike approved

WINFIELD – Kansas state park user rates for electricity, water and gas were increased at Thursday’s Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission meeting in Winfield. Linda Lanterman, state parks director, said the increase is needed to off-set the higher rates the parks are paying for the same utilities.

The commission approved at $1.50 increase on daily utilities, no matter if the campers are using one or all three. That means daily rates increased from $7.50 to $9 for one, from $9.50 to $11 for two and from $10.50 to $12 for all three utilities.

Also approved was a $30.50 rate increase for monthly utility rates. At most state parks that means rates increased from $240 to $270.50 for one, $300 to $330.50 for two and $360 to $390.50 for all three utilities.

At El Dorado, Milford and Tuttle Creek State Parks, three of Kansas’ most popular, monthly utility rates increased from $280 to $310.50 for one, $340 to $370.50 for two and $400 to $430.50 for all three utilities.

The rate increases should go into effect within a few weeks.

Check Sunday’s Outdoors page in The Wichita Eagle, or at Kansas.com/outdoors for more news from Thursday’s commission meeting.