Senate agrees to hike boat fees for dredging costs

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Submitted: Fri, 05/03/2013 - 2:48am
Updated: Fri, 05/03/2013 - 2:49am

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Boat owners across North Carolina would face higher fees to pay for coastal dredging projects thanks to legislation that received a preliminary OK from the state Senate.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown of Jacksonville says the measure attempts to address dwindling federal funds for removing sand from shallow navigational channels. It passed 35-13 Thursday.

The bill would raise titling fees and vessel numbering fees for most watercraft and large boats. The current $15 annual numbering fee, for example, would increase to $25 or $50, depending on the vessel’s length. The titling fee would be $30, up from $20.

Millions of dollars in proceeds would enter a special fund to provide matching money for dredging projects.

A final Senate vote is expected next week before the bill goes to the House.

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  • SurfCityTom says:

    unless it’s a public marina or facility, the governing body has no ability to increase dockage fees. They may put a tax or special use fee in place, I suppose, but not a direct increase in private fees.

  • Vog46 says:

    Can hike boat fees.
    Maybe the city can increase fees on people mooring their boats in Marinas along the cape fear river to help maintain the shoreline.
    I’m sure Charlie Rivenbark would love it !!!
    After all, it’s a FEE increase NOT a tax increase


  • Vog46 says:

    Shoningers marina would be attached to River walk.
    That’s good enough for taxman Charlie Rivenbark to asses a users fee for River walk.
    Besides, after ol Chuck goes BK again the city can seize the marina for back taxes owed…….


  • SurfCityTom says:

    had not considered a marina attached to city owned land or requiring egress and exit through city owned land.

    Could they apply some sepcial dockage fees to the port located cold storage facility?

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