The State Parks will receive about $3 million in supplemental funds if a bill introduced Thursday passes the Legislature.
State Budget Director Mike McKown said the parks system needs the money because of a "structural budget problem."
"State Parks are short on operating money," he said.
As part of the bill, the additional $3 million would be built into the system's base budget. McKown told members of the Senate Finance Committee Thursday the system has enough money to meet one more payroll cycle. After that, it's anyone's guess.
However, acting parks director Emily Fleming told the Legislature in December the system needs about $8.6 million to meet system needs and be fully operational.
Commerce Secretary Keith Burdette said the parks actually are receiving two supplemental appropriations.
One is a one-time cost of $3.7 million to help Canaan Valley pay some past-due bills. The other, laid out in the bill introduced Thursday, is a $2.8 million supplemental appropriation to help cover the shortfall.
Burdette said much of the cost was incurred two years ago when two major natural disasters hit West Virginia - the derecho and Superstorm Sandy. Both storms caused extensive damage to state parks across the state, and Canaan was forced to shut down for some time after Sandy hit.
Burdette said Canaan Valley is one of the major revenue generators for the state parks system.
"We've been juggling the ball for a couple of years," Burdette said. "We've had smaller supplementals in each of the last two years trying to get out of the problem. And we still have a year or so to get here."
Burdette said the Commerce Department and parks system would work with the Legislature over the next couple of years to balance other capital needs the system has.
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