Boat-launching fees may be revived |

Boat-launching fees may be revived

Michael Schneider

The City Council will vote Tuesday on a revised fee structure for the El Dorado boat ramp.

In October 1997, the council voted to charge residents $10 for round-trip ramp use and commercial entities $25.

A council subcommittee was formed to address the boat launching needs of residents, frequent users of the ramp, commercial operators and the parks and recreation staff.

In addition to the flat charges for residential and commercial individual uses, the proposal includes a 10-use punch card pass which can be purchased for $80.

The punch card could be used for any vessel while the annual passes that will also be offered can only be used for one boat.

Charges for the yearlong pass are proposed to be $60 for non residents and $50 for residents of El Dorado County.

Charging the fees will provide year-round restrooms at the launch and will afford an opportunity to make snow removal on the ramp a higher priority than in the past, Parks Superintendent Steve Weiss said.

“This revenue will be used to partially offset the cost of operating the boat ramp, beaches and support amenities,” Weiss said.

From Memorial Day to Labor Day, the ramp will be staffed with parks and recreation employees who will collect the fees personally. Outside those dates, there will be a fee envelope and fees will be collected on an honor system.

The launching fee program will go into effect on May 23. It is anticipated the net revenue from the program will be between $5,000 and $15,000 annually.

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