Bill description: HB 510 would require over-snow travelers (mountain bikers, cross-country skiers, snowshoers, etc.) to obtain a permit and pay a fee prior to traveling on a snowmobile trail.
Does it directly or indirectly create or increase any taxes, fees, or other assessments? Conversely, does it eliminate or reduce any taxes, fees, or other assessments?
HB 510 would implement a $31 fee for anyone wishing to travel on a groomed snowmobile trail with anything other than a snowmobile or motorized vehicle. This fee would be assessed on all individuals, such as snowshoers, bikers, cross-country skiers, and horseback riders.
This legislation’s Statement of Purpose states, the permitting fee would offset the increased wear-and-tear caused to snowmobile trails by non-snowmobilers. The proposed $31 fee for non-snowmobilers is the same amount that snowmobile drivers must pay for their permit, even though many of these non-snowmobilers cause far less damage to the trails.
Implementing a high permitting fee could discourage travelers, tourists, and recreationalists from spending time on Idaho’s recreational winter trails.
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