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.