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State parks grappling with new tax on parking

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HARTFORD — Staff at 25 Connecticut state parks will have to brush up on their math skills after learning the new state budget requires them to charge visitors the 6.35 percent sales tax.

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is working on a way to levy the tax, which was tucked into a budget-related bill that cleared the General Assembly during the June 29 special legislative session.

DEEP spokeswoman Cyndy Chanaca said parking fees at Connecticut state parks have not been taxed before. She said this change, which took effect July 1, poses a challenge to the parks in the middle of the busy summer season.

She said fees are now based on round numbers and staff member typically don’t use coins. She said the agency anticipates longer lines at entrance gates.