2012-02-09 / Front Page

NPS rate increase tough on residents

By Jill Ballinger, Gazette Editor

National Park Service employees in El Portal will face a hefty rent increase next month. The change could leave many families strapped for cash. (Erik Skindrud | The Gazette)
National Park Service employees in El Portal will face a hefty rent increase next month. The change could leave many families strapped for cash. (Erik Skindrud | The Gazette) The National Park Service has instituted a rent increase that many residents say will strap them for cash. In some cases, the increases are more than $200 a month.

The increases come as a system-wide change that bases government rates on the market value of rent in the area. For years, Yosemite and El Portal residents were allowed an “isolation factor” that kept rents lower than the market value based on location.

Recent changes to US Census Bureau statistics changed that formula. Instead of El Portal properties being compared to Oakhurst, they are now compared to Mariposa. Since Mariposa is less than 30 miles from El Portal, the “isolation factor” is removed.

Get the full story in this week's Mariposa Gazette.

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TOO BAD SOOOOO SAD. Welcome

TOO BAD SOOOOO SAD. Welcome to the real world! Now the residents of El Portal will have to tighten their belts and perhaps learn to live without the 'luxuries' of life that most of the rest of had to give up YEARS ago. DNC just took HALF of my income away with a 'REDUCTION' of workforce which is actually only a way for certain managers to accomplish a very nice bonus thus year. I could easily LOSE MY HOUSE over this! 'Good people are only their stepping stones'. Same for NPS.

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