Grassroots effort to oppose Boat Registration Increase
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently introduced a bill, HB 1307 - State Boat Act, that would increase your boat registration fees. The fee increases range from $50 - $700 depending on boat size. For example, a boat that is 16 - 32 feet would cost $125 every two years to register, as compared the current flat fee of $24.
Current Registration Fee For All Boats: $24
Suggested Registration Fees:
Under 16' - $50
16' - 32' - $125
32' - 45' - $250
45' - 65' - $500
65' + - $700
The MSSA and fellow recreational anglers need you to act. With fuel prices on the rise and other potential tax increases HB 1307 would only increase costs for our treasured pastime.
Please complete this Action Alert to let your legislator know that you OPPOSE HB 1307 and that you, their constituent, ask them to do the same. This will only take you a moment and will be e-mailed to the delegate in your district.
Thank you in advance for your time on this very important matter.
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MSSA Essex-Middle River Chapter, MSSA Executive Board
Done thanks for bringing this to my attention.
Done deal very easy to do. This hike is absolutely ridiculous and taking advantage of us boaters and Americans at that!
Guys, while I appreciate the cost of what we are doing, I suggest you study up on what the increase is for before you voice your opinions. As I understand it the funds available to maintain ramps, buoys and waterway maintenance will not cover these items. The proposed increase is slated to be used for boat ramps, buoy maintenance and dredging. Note that as I have read it the army corp will no longer be dredging.
So I guess what I am saying is that we might need this increase to be able to keep our hobby, or in some cases our business, alive.