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Snowmobile Fee Increase Nears House Approval

February 18, 2014 Lincoln County, State of Wyoming, Teton County No Comments
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The Snowmobile permit and registration fees bill has passed on second reading in the House now, but not without a fair amount of debate.  Lincoln/Teton County Representative Marti Halverson, who sits on the Joint Travel, Recreation, Wildlife and Cultural Resources Committee which sponsored the bill, explains it is not the increase in registration fees that are at issue. She says it is the requirement that all sleds must be registered each year.  However, she says some people don’t use their snowmobiles every year, those using them agriculturally never leave the ranch, and still others snowmobile only on private property. Halverson says she anticipates an amendment will be introduced to address this concern when it comes up for third and final reading later in the week.  But for those who use the trails, she quickly points out that helping fund their maintenance is only right. Halverson explains, “There are lodge-owners who have been out grooming trails at their own expense – they’re buying the fuel, they’re going out there on their own dimes just to keep their tourist happy – and as long as everybody supports paying an extra ten dollars, I see no reason not to give it to them.”  Halverson says the House has already deleted a provision that would have automatically increased the fee again in two years.

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