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Marine Board Approves a Proposed Registered Motorboat Fee Increase
The Oregon State Marine Board met for their quarterly Board meeting on June 25 in Prineville, to discuss the agency’s proposed 2015-2017 budget and consider a recommendation for a motorboat fee increase. The Board also approved two boating facility grant increase requests and elected new Board officers.
Staff briefed the Board on budget preparation and the public’s participation in the process. During May and June, staff met with the public throughout the state and outlined the Marine Board’s financial picture. In the past five years, the agency has experienced a 17 percent decline in fuel tax revenue, a seven percent decline in motorboat registrations, but conversely, an increase in boater activity on Oregon’s waterways. During these discussions, staff presented the cost-savings actions that OSMB has implemented in the past two biennia including streamlining internal operations and the elimination of program positions. Members of the public made suggestions. A summary of these ideas were provided to the Marine Board for consideration.
The Board deliberated on an increase to the “flat per-foot” charge and a variety of “variable fees” based on length while taking into account the impact on boaters and cost comparisons with other western states for motorboat registrations.
The Board approved moving forward on a legislative concept with a fee proposal to increase the flat fee from $3 per foot to $5 per foot for all motorboats. The Board also approved raising the fees for other boating-related services.