State Park Funding

The Missouri system of State Parks and Historic Sites is a model for the nation and has regularly been listed among the top four state park systems nationwide. The Missouri system is supported almost entirely by half of a one-tenth-of-one-cent state dedicated sales tax -- support that has been re-affirmed by more than a two-to-one voter margin each time it has come up for renewal.  In the most recent ten-year renewal in November 2016, the tax was affirmed by a citizen vote of an astonishing eighty percent, including majorities in every county in the state.

MPA has been a leader of the effort to secure and renew the tax since passage of the first legislative referendum for the tax in 1983, and we led in establishing a coalition of organizations—the Citizens Committee for Soil, Water and State Parks—which coordinates the efforts to educate the public and secure a Yes vote each time the tax comes up for renewal.

Now that the tax has been renewed for another ten years, MPA continues to work with legislators and with other park support organizations on a longer-term solution to the problem of inadequate funding for capital improvements that has resulted in a $400 million backlog of vitally needed rehabilitation of park facilities and infrastructure.

Read about the benefits of the Parks and Soils Sales Tax.
Read a case for state park funding with background information
Watch a slide show on the funding crisis
Read an article about the crisis in MPA's newsletter, Heritage
Search for other articles about legislative and funding issues in other issues of Heritage.
See lists of representatives with parks in their districts
lists of senators with parks in their districts

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