1968 Book 2 Texas Attorney General Reports and Opinions 1 (1968)

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September 19,1968
Honorable J.R. Singleton            Opinion No. M-276
Executive Director
Parks and Wildlife Department       Re: Whether gate entrance
John H. Reagan Building                 receipts collected at
Austin, Texas 78701                      Palo Duro Canyon State
Park since November 28,
1967, should be deposited
in the Texas Park Develop-
ment Bonds Interest and
Dear Mr. Singleton:                     Sinking Fund.
In your recent request for an official opinion from this
office, you submitted the following facts as hereinafter summarized:
(1) Revenue Bonds were issued by the State
Parks Board in 1947 to secure the pay-
ment of lands comprising the Palo Duro
Canyon State Park. These bonds have
been fully paid and discharged.
(2) In 1965, the Act under which gate en-
trance fees were collected at Palo Duro
Canyon State Park, (Art.6077j V.O.S.)
was amended to permit the continued
collection of fees after retirement of
the said bonded indebtedness, such fees
to be used for improvements to the Park.
Such fees were collected from 1965
through November 28, 1967, effective date
of the Constitutional Amendment (Art.III,
Sec. 49-e Constitution of Texas) and
Article 6070h, Vernon's Civil Statutes,
the enabling law passed pursuant to the
authority thereof, which amendment and
statute presently provide for the
collection of gate entrance fees at all
State Parks, as well as the disposition
of those fees.
Your inquiry relates solely as to what disposition should be
made of gate entrance fees collected at the Palo Duro Canyon State
Park from November 28, 1967, to the present, and as to such fees
collected in the future.

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