LINCOLN — The cost of entering a state park or recreation area would rise to $30 a year under a proposal by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

An annual park entry permit now costs $25, a fee that has not risen since 2012.

Earlier this year, state lawmakers passed a bill allowing the commission to increase an array of park fees and hunting and fishing licenses, but the commission did not say, at that time, if and when the fees might be increased.

The commission will meet Aug. 18 in Broken Bow to consider the hike in park entry fees, which would include raising the daily entry fee from $5 to $6.

Both fee increases would go into effect Jan. 1.

Parks officials told state lawmakers that the increase would generate an extra $1 million a year, which would be used to address a long list of deferred maintenance projects at state park and recreation areas.

About 72 percent of state park operations are paid by user fees such as the state park permit.

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