Arizona wants full refund for money used to reopen Grand Canyon

Nov 13, 2013, 4:33 PM | Updated: 5:12 pm

PHOENIX — A group of Arizona lawmakers wants the National Park Service to refund money the state used to reopened the Grand Canyon during the government shutdown.

A coalition of northern Arizona business owners and the state combined to provide about $465,000 to reopen the park for a five-day period to ease the economic hit taken by northern Arizona.

The group asked for the refund in a letter sent to National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis. In the letter, they stated that, unlike 1995 when the state funded the park for 21 days, the Park Service collected entrance fees during the shutdown. It also said the Park Service received a “shutdown windfall” after it was reimbursed by the federal government for the shutdown.

The letter went on to say that the Park Service has a history of refunding Arizona, as it did in 1995 when the state provided $370,125 to keep the park running. All of that money was returned to Arizona.

A spokesman for Gov. Jan Brewer says Arizona received a refund of $186,000 on
Oct. 25. That money was divided between the state tourism office and the town of
Tusayan.

The northern Arizona economy was hit hard by the closing. The small town of Tusayan lost about $200,000 per day while the park was closed and about 2,200 people lost their jobs during the shutdown. Valley food banks had to supply food after some cities were cut-off.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(Pexels Photo)...
KTAR.com

Weekend wrap-up: Here are the biggest Arizona stories from Feb. 3-5

Mint will host a Super Bowl pre-party, a student with a gun on campus was arrested and a driver died in a fatal Phoenix wreck. Here are this weekend's biggest news stories.
1 day ago
(Facebook File Photo/Phoenix Police Department)...
KTAR.com

Over $100K in production equipment stolen near NFL Experience in Phoenix

An investigation is underway after police said over $100,000 worth of production equipment was stolen from the NFL Experience in Phoenix on Saturday.
1 day ago
(Facebook File Photo/Phoenix Police Department )...
KTAR.com

Phoenix police seek man who fled scene of fatal multi-vehicle wreck

Police are seeking a man who fled the scene after he was involved in a fatal multi-vehicle accident Saturday night, authorities said.
1 day ago
(Pexels Photo)...
Associated Press

NFL offering free CPR training during Super Bowl week

The NFL and American Heart Association will provide free CPR education in Arizona throughout Super Bowl week as part of the NFL Experience.
1 day ago
(AP Photo)...
KTAR.com

Glendale ranks 4th in study of worst commutes in US

In a new study of U.S. cities, Glendale ranks fourth in terms of the nation's worst commutes.
1 day ago
An IRS 1040 form, U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, is shown on Thursday, April 5, 2018, in New Yo...
KTAR.com

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide provides free income tax prep assistance in Arizona

One taxpayer assistance option available is the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, which is providing free tax assistance and preparation in Arizona.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

...
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Company looking for oldest air conditioner and wants to reward homeowner with new one

Does your air conditioner make weird noises or a burning smell when it starts? If so, you may be due for an AC unit replacement.
(Photo via MLB's Arizona Fall League / Twitter)...
Arizona Fall League

Top prospects to watch at this year’s Arizona Fall League

One of the most exciting elements of the MLB offseason is the Arizona Fall League, which began its 30th season Monday.
...
Children’s Cancer Network

Children’s Cancer Network celebrates cancer-fighting superheroes, raises funds during September’s Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Jace Hyduchak was like most other kids in his kindergarten class: He loved to play basketball, dress up like his favorite superheroes and jump as high as his pint-sized body would take him on his backyard trampoline.
Arizona wants full refund for money used to reopen Grand Canyon