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April 26, 2011 > SF supes votes to extend garden fee until 2013

SF supes votes to extend garden fee until 2013

Submitted By AP Wire Service

SAN FRANCISCO (AP), Apr 13 - Out-of-towners will likely have to continue paying a fee to visit the Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park for the near future.

In a 6-5 vote, the city's Board of Supervisors on Tuesday gave preliminary approval to extend the fee through September 2013.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that that proposal emerged as a compromise between a measure that would have ended the fee altogether and another that would have extended it indefinitely.

The $7 fee for adults has been in effect since August. The garden remains free for city residents.

Supervisor David Campos said the fee has not worked. A report by the supervisors' budget analyst found it has not generated as much money as backers had promised.

But Supervisor David Chiu said the fee is needed as the city faces budget deficits.

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Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com/chronicle

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