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Old 07-01-2012, 05:16 PM   #29
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Hi: All... Here in Ontario the Provincial Parks always have a certain %age of sites that are non reservable...1st. come 1st. served basis. Too bad the rates are so high compared to the N.Y. State Pks. for instance.
Can't wait to qualify for the seniors(over 65) discount!!!
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That says a lot because N.Y. is quite pricey. Raz
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From the gov't viewpoint, its a no-brainer

As the Gov I can hire staff, pay them, put them on the benefits rolls etc and provide office space for them plus phone lines & computers

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I can have a Company called Reserve America PAY ME to take over the whole thing and I not only get $$$ income, but I save all the other costs!

What astonishes me is that the Gov't still issues drivers licenses, still admins toll bridges & roads still does so many of the tings that gov'ts do, instead of making $$ on them, thereby being in a position to reduce taxes.
Wisconsin charges $17.00 for a camp site .Reserve America charges $8.00 for reserving the camp site . Wisconsin furnishes the park , bathrooms, showers, toilets, drinking water. a dump station, electricity, park rangers, activities for kids , a swimming beach , pavilions fire rings , picnic tables , picnic area, jobs for it's citizens etc etc. Reserve America furnishes a website where I can self reserve a campsite. Which one do you think is making money , it ain't the Wisconsin park system
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To be fair, ...
I think a proper ratio of government (non profit) and private (for profit) competing can be a good thing. I'd love to see a non-profit (but not subsidized either) government created health insurance option that would drive competition with the private insurers (as it is they collude more than compete I'm afraid).

Sorry if this is getting way off topic or too political, but it is in "General Chat".
Yep, Dylan. This has strayed way off topic and is decidedly political.

Please, even in General Chat, we want to all be friends as if gathered 'round a campfire.

Leaving politics out of our discussions helps keep things friendly.
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Joy is correct !!! . Reserve America made more money last year off Wisconsin state parks than the State of Wisconsin. The state out sourced the reservation system under the guise of cost savings,. If you look at the wages saved by farming out the work , on paper the state saved money but when you factor in tax revenues lost on the wages and sales taxes lost on purchases that would have been made by the employees .THE STATE SAVED NOTHING AND LOST MONEY.
We stayed at Brunet Island State Park near Cornell Wisconsin from July 23 to July 26 , 2012 . The site I had reserved was vacant for July,22 so I called the park and asked about coming a day early. I was told that was a reservable site and I would have to reserve it through " Reserve America." and by the way the reservation fee had gone up to $10.00. ( Camping fee was still $17.00/ Day) The other option I was given was to drive down , hope there was a vacant walk in site , stay there for the night of the 22nd and then move to my reserved site on the 23rd . If I did not move to my reserved site on the 23rd , I would be charged for 2 sites. I felt sorry for the Park Ranger , he has no say in the matter but gets most of the abuse. for a faulty system
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Makes perfect sense to us. .
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