AL parks director urges 'yes' to Amendment 2

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Alabama voters must soon decide whether to vote 'yes' or 'no' on Amendment 2, which would allow state parks to keep the money they earn.

"A yes vote on Tuesday is crucial to the future of the parks system," Greg Lein, Alabama State Parks director said. "If you look what we've gone over the last five years, you will see our problem has been the transfer of money outside of our accounts."

Since 2012, the state has transferred $15 million away from state parks, to the General Fund.

"And that's what we fear is more of that," Lein explained.?

However, there is a major concern Amendment 2 would allow for the privatization of the parks system.

Lein said those fears are misguided.

"If you read the law, if you read the amendment, the word privatization is not even mentioned in there," Lein stated.

The director said he is optimistic the amendment will pass Tuesday.

To read more on this amendment, and the other 13 on the ballot, click HERE.