1. Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, the department is authorized
to establish fees for camping and use of rental facilities and other special privileges
at state parks and recreation areas under the jurisdiction of the department.
2. The fees established by the department pursuant to this section shall be in such
amounts as may be determined by the department to be reasonably competitive with fees
established in other public parks or recreation areas that provide the same or similar
privileges and are located within sixty miles of the perimeter of the state park or
recreation area for which the department is establishing fees. Such fees may be increased, reduced, or waived by the department on a statewide
basis or on the basis of an individual state park or recreation area for special promotional
events or efforts or on the basis of special seasonal or holiday rates.
3. Fees established pursuant to this section shall be considered a specification of
prices to be charged for goods or services as provided in section 17A.2, subsection 11, paragraph “g”.
4. The department shall adopt rules pursuant to chapter 17A for the purpose of setting
forth the methodology to be used in establishing fees pursuant to this section.
5. The department shall prepare an annual report reviewing the fees established pursuant
to this section. The report shall include information about fees and occupancy rates at each camping
and rental facility in the state under the jurisdiction of the department, special
promotional events or holiday rates for which fees were increased, reduced, or waived
at those camping and rental facilities, and any recommendations for changes in fees
or rules adopted pursuant to this section. The report shall be submitted to the senate standing committee on natural resources
and environment and the house standing committee on natural resources by December
31 of each year.
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