MADISON – Visitors to South Dakota’s state parks and recreation areas will be asked to pay more for their vehicle entrance licenses in 2013, under adjustments adopted Thursday by the state Game, Fish and Parks Commission.

The price for the license for an owner’s first vehicle would be $30, up from the current $28. The price for a license for each additional vehicle belonging to the same owner would be $15, an increase of $1.

The transferable license that can be used for multiple vehicles registered to the same owner would be $65. It currently is $60.

The state parks system would receive an estimated $157,000 in the next year as a result of the increases. The money will be used for budget needs, parks officials said.

The daily fee for admission to the Fort Sisseton Festival also would increase to $5 from the present $4. The change would generate an estimated $3,500.

One letter-writer said nonresidents should pay more. Another writer said he hasn’t seen a pay raise in seven years and he advocated that the parks division cut its spending instead.

No one testified in person at the public hearing on the entrance licenses Thursday afternoon. The commission vote was unanimous.

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