Snowmobile fees on the rise in Michigan
Proposed bill would see significant increase in cost of trail permits
Story by Snowmobile.com Staff, Dec. 23, 2008Email a friend Print Friendly RSS
According to the Detroit Free Press, under bills sent to Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, snowmobilers would see an increase in fees in order to avoid a $1 million deficit in the state’s snowmobiling budget.
The state Senate approved the higher fees, which would see the cost of trail permits rise from $25 to $35 for 2009 and 2010. Fees would also increase to $45 for 2011 through 2015, while future increases would be tied to the inflation rate.
The three-year snowmobile registration fee would also rise from $22 to $30 and the fine for operating a snowmobile without proper registration would jump from $50 to $200 on July 1. Some of that money would go toward expanding and preserving snowmobile trails.
Gov. Granholm’s signature is still required to make these fee increases a reality, but the governor’s office has not indicated whether she will sign the bills.