The Kings County Board of Supervisors approved the elimination of park entrance fees to Hickey Park and Burris Park shown here. Source: County of Kings

March 21, 2023 — Kings County Board of Supervisors

Documented by Josef Sibala

What happened: At their March 21 meeting, the Kings County Board of Supervisors authorized the continued elimination of Kings County park entrance fees, which will make the parks more accessible for all.

The fees were first waived following the park’s closures from March 2020 to April 2021 due to the pandemic and the Tuesday vote officially eliminates the entrance fees from the county’s master fee schedule.

According to the meeting agenda, waiving the park gate fees will result in an estimated $22,000 loss of revenue, but it will be offset by eliminating the need for a full-time gate operator who can be used for labor within the park.

The county’s parks include Burris Park in Kingsburg and Hickey Park in Hanford.

And also: The board approved an amendment to the intergovernmental agreement between Kings County and the Santa Rosa Rancheria Tachi-Yokut Tribe due to a delay on
construction of the Kings County Fire Department Tachi-Yokut Fire Station.

According to the agreement, the tribe will make a one-time payment to the County in the amount of $1,040,000 for Fiscal Year 2021/2022 and Fiscal Year 2022/2023 and $645,000 each July 1 thereafter if the fire station is not completed and operational.

Up next: The Kings County Board of Supervisors will meet again on March 28.

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