ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources is seeking an increase in boating fees, which the department says are falling short of the costs of its programs.
Boaters who currently pay $24 every two years to register their vessels would see those fees increased depending on the size of their boats.
Under a bill before state lawmakers in Annapolis, owners of boats smaller than 16 feet would pay $50, and those between 16 and 32 feet would cost $125. Boats between 32 and 45 feet would cost $250, and owners of those between 45 and 65 feet would pay $500 while larger boats would cost $700.
DNR officials told The Capital of Annapolis that the state has about $15 million available for boating projects each year and $41 million in projects.
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