The Virginia Campground Association (VCA) Board of Directors has voted to actively oppose a $119 million bond initiative that it says will fund construction of new parks, expensive cabins, state-of-the-art campgrounds, equestrian camps, restaurants and marinas throughout Virginia.
Virginia voters will consider the bond initiative on Nov. 5.
VCA’s opposition to the initiative stems from concerns about the state’s $1 billion budget deficit as well as research indicating that state recreation facilities are currently underutilized.
“Fiscal responsibility must be the rallying cry at the ballot boxes this fall,” said VCA President Steven Albrecht. “The state’s budget is on the brink of disaster, and it’s up to the voters to lead the way to financial restraint and prudence.”
VCA has committed $5,000 and has asked individual VCA members to contribute at $500 each to fund efforts to defeat the bond issue. The Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO) also contributed $500 to the campaign.
Additionally, the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) is lending its support, taking the position that it opposes government operation of any commercial enterprise that would be in direct competition with private business.