Skip to comments.Feds: Tenn cost for reopening Smokies $60K per day
Posted on 10/15/2013 5:58:05 AM PDT by don-o
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam says a deal to open the Great Smoky Mountains National Park parks in Tennessee for the weekend came too late for the state to send money to the federal government.
The price tag? $60,000 per day.
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Time to get rid of Federal Parks.
When this is over the states should demand that the national parks be returned to the states. The federal government has no business owning more than half of some states.
What a country. Now the states have to pay the government to open parks owned by the taxpayers who have already paid...and then have to pay fees to enter. After UT taxpayers kicked out millions to open Zion for 10 days, we went there yesterday. I asked the “ranger” if nobama would “let us in now”. The government drone didn’t think that was funny. In the park we met some Chinese tourists. One of them spoke English. I suggested to them that they not let nobama “push them around”. When he translated to his friends, they all laughed. LOL.
The state should take it back and fund needed services through user fees or something.
I’ve got a state park passport tag on my MI. license plate.
Maybe we should sell off the National Parks—we have too many of them. Keep a few good ones but sell the rest off—or give them back to the states. I don’t use them and most Americans don’t. Only people who do grow weed on them.
The feds would sell them to the Chinese before they would sell them to the states.
What a great opportunity for the 2014 Congress to gift these federal lands to the states they’re in.
Never again will the people’s property be closed to the people.
Best comment yet. I continue to say the States need to take back what was there’s to begin with. They need to use Eminent Domain to take back the property which rightfully belongs to the States. There’s no justification for the Fed to be in the Parks business to begin with.
Wow. Who knew that letting mountains lie, and bears sh*tting in the woods cost $60k/day.
No telling what the Grand Canyon or Meteor Crator cost to keep open. I’d be they are just a hair trigger from closing up /do I need it?
GSM has about 300 employees. 60K/300 = 200 per day...GS-9.9 through 11.3...that may be a little high, but there are other expenses too (electric, water, phones, internet, vehicles, etc.)
Call up the National Guard and seize the parks....Tell the Feds to "F" off Problem solved.
I would guess it is not to hard to calculate.
$60, 000 x 365 = $21,900,000 the annual Smokies budget
Eminent Domain taking citing the 10th??? Works for me.
The Meteor Crater is privately owned.
All this is an example of FED “Blackmail” Pay to keep open a park that does NOT need any staff. I say shut down the white house and save a lot of $$$.
Remember, the original fight in drawing up the Constitution was States Rights vs Federal Powers.
Jefferson was right. Washington was wrong.
Soon, the Feds usurped the powers of the states. They now do it by monetary means.
The shutdown of National Parks and Monuments (FOR NO REASON) is a stunning example of abuse of Federal powers.
Time for the Feds to turn over some of the Federal Lands to the States. They were not intended to be held by the Federal Government. They were effectively "stolen" from the States.
time to transfer federal lands back to the states, IMO!
Pushing on that could be a great way to begin to reassert power of the states. I'm all in.
The Meteor Crater is privately owned and is on privately owned land. The nearest Fed property is I-40 a few miles north. I guess the feds could close the off ramp (/S).
Where is the $60,000 per day going? How is it being spent? How are the disbursements supported?
The national parks service seems to be a Tony Soprano enterprise.
The math is in post 15.
I asked for an accounting of the $22,000,000 for the park’s annual expenditures? I had an aunt who was an executive with the National Park Service. It’s quite the rouse, attracting all kinds of federal level grifters.
Line one - $30K Jarrett’s wallet
Line two - $25K Stompy Feet’s wallet
Line three - $5K Nancy’s wallet
Line four - $2K Hillary’s wallet
Line five - $2K NSA
Line six - $999 Boehner’s wallet
Line severn - $1 Plug’s wallet
I bet they are not closed right now and the towel boy has a limitless stock.
Why should Tennessee send the feds any money. They should instead send them a bill.
That money belongs in Tennessee coffers, not Washington's...
Scroll down to the Legacy header.
People just don't know?
-——That money belongs in Tennessee coffers——
Well not exactly.....
The crest of the Smokies along which runs the Appalachian Trail, is the border between Tennessee and North Carolina. Then to complicate it further, a calculation of the acreage in each state would be required and pro rated to each state.
However since park head quarters an maintenance operations are on the Tennessee side, an administrative factor factor would need to be applied. Then I’m pretty sure the NC folks would raise the issue again of the road promised on their side that has been promised for ever but never built. It is also possible that since the park abuts the Cherokee Reservation, they might claim some of the acreage there.
A bit confusing...I thought Haslam was referring to the costs involved with the Tennessee portion of the park.
I suppose he was : )
Thanks. That is an excellent explanation. And the Feds will never willing give things up because of the reduction of power. They would rather bring the money to Washington, take their bite and send the rest back down stream.
On a related subject is there any way that State & Local government can charge Federal agencies for services that they are currently providing and which they are not being paid?
They have contracts just like anyone else.
if TN owned it they would set their own rent
Sorry, your facetious monitor seems to be broken :P