Chautauqua County Hosting Info Session To Discuss Boat User Fee

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MAYVILLE, NY (WNY News Now) – Chautauqua County is hosting an information session to discuss the feasibility of rolling out boat user fees on Chautauqua Lake.

The idea first made the news in January, after a plan to create a lake taxation district was shot down.

With a funding source dead in the water, the Town of North Harmony Deputy Supervisor brought up the idea of charging those using the waterway by creating a fee to support environmental cleanup.

While the plan is not finalized yet, the idea is similar to a snowmobile sticker tax where anyone with a craft on the waterway could pay a fee to register their boat.

The informational meeting will take place on Wednesday, April 12 at 5:30 p.m. in the Legislative Chamber.

Officials say this meeting will begin dialogue and discuss the formation of a committee to look into such fees being applied to Chautauqua Lake.

The end goal is to create a dedicated funding source that would be implemented in 2024 for lake maintenance projects.


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