John Avalos spearheads effort to eliminate $7 Botanical Garden fee for out-of-towners 

Rec and Park established a $7 nonresident fee for visitors of Golden Gate Park’s Botanical Garden to help close a budget deficit. But Supervisor John Avalos says its time to eliminate it.

On Tuesday Avalos introduced legislation that would appropriate $80,000 from future property transfer revenues expected this fiscal year to kill the fee for the last three months of the fiscal year: April, May and June.

Avalos at the time of approving the fee said if voters approved new revenue at the ballot, The City should use that money to get rid of the fee. Well voters did approve an increase in the real estate transfer tax.

“I want to carry out my commitment,” Avalos said. “How wonderful it would be to eliminate a fee. We have been raising fees over and over again. That’s been the way we have been contending with our budget deficits.”

He said the fee has resulted in “a chilling effect on people’s enjoyment of the park.”

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