The Price of Nature 大自然的價值
Starting next year, they will charge visitors a fee of 30 NT before they enter Taitung's Forest Park. Residents of Taitung County will not need to pay this fee. 從明年開始, 台東森林公園將對觀光客收取30元的門票. 台東縣居民則不用門票.
If you want to read about this in Chinese, click here. Thanks to 潘俊偉 (Pan Jun-wei), a reporter with the United News Network, for his report. 如果要看中文報導的話請按這裡. 謝謝聯合新聞網潘俊偉記者的報導.
As for the reason for the fee, the article goes on to say... 明年要買票的原因? 報導中說...
"台東縣政府農業處長許瑞貴說，縣府每年投入約1千萬元經費，進行森林公園維護，對縣府財政是一大負擔，基於使用者付費精神，已研擬自治條例，向入園的遊客收取門票費用，預估每年可增加約1千萬元收入，用於園區養護人力與福利、設施或硬體的相關維護經費用。" The head of the Taitung County Government Agricultural Bureau, Shu Duan-gui, said that the county government spends about 10 million to maintain the park each year. This is a great burden on the county government's financial resources. With the assistance of user fees and new regulations which will be enacted, they will likely generate 10 million to be used for park preservation, human resources, and related facilities and equipment.
The article goes on to state that four fee stations will be established, one at the park's main entrance on Ma Heng Heng Boulevard, and another at the "Green Water Bridge" adjoining the Seashore Park. There will also be a parking fee for the big parking lot outside the main entrance. 報導中說他們會設置四個收費亭. 一個在馬亨亨大道的大入口, 一個在靠近海濱公園的綠水橋. 在大門口旁邊的停車場也要收費.
The article concludes by stating two points of view on this plan to collect fees for park use. One resident states that park upkeep is expensive, and fees allow the county government to both maintain and improve the park. Another resident states that having to bring their ID to the park will be an annoyance for local people. I asked a couple coworkers about this new policy, and they shared the same concerns. 報導的最後也訪問了兩位居民的意見. 其中一位說縣政府養護公園很貴, 所以公園收費將會幫很大的忙. 另一位說當地居民每次去森林公園都要帶證件很麻煩. 我問了兩個同事對這件事的意見. 他們也持同樣看法.
As for me, I won't mind having to bring my ID to the Forest Park. And when I think about how many tour groups pass in and out of that park daily, it makes sense that they should subsidize the park's upkeep in some fashion. I just hope that the revenue thus generated really goes back into the park - and that it helps create new parks if possible. Green spaces are important to any city, and both protecting the ones we have and creating new ones should be a priority. 對我來說, 要帶證件去森林公園沒有問題. 每天有那麼多旅行團到森林公園參觀使用, 他們買門票幫我們養護森林公園是當然的事. 我只希望門票的錢真的是用在養護公園上, 這也可能幫助縣政府建設新的公園. 綠地對所有的城市很重要, 保護存在的綠地跟創造新的綠地都很重要.
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