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Tonto Natural Bridge State Park remains the best-known tourist draw in Rim Country in spite of state budget cuts that resulted in a 30,000 decline in annual visitors.

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Ballot measure would protect park budget

Groups seek signatures to prevent Legislature from sweeping park fees

Rim Country advocates for the Tonto Natural Bridge State Park have rallied around an initiative that would prevent the Legislature from diverting fees collected at state parks into the general fund. The Citizens to Save Arizona’s Natural Resources hopes to avert the threatened closure of state parks, which have not only lost almost all state and federal subsidies but have also lost money from admissions fees and taxpayer-earmarked funds.

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