TRPA to talk boating fees next week |

TRPA to talk boating fees next week

Lake Tahoe boaters aren’t likely to see additional fees in 2013 for required inspections for invasive species, but could see shorter hours of operation at area inspection stations.

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency’s Governing Board will discuss its 2013 watercraft inspection fee structure at a meeting in Kings Beach on Wednesday.

TRPA staff have not proposed any increase to annual sticker fees for the 2013 season.

The agency’s Meyers, Spooner and Alpine inspection stations are proposed to be open from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sunday through Wednesday, and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Each of these stations is proposed to be open May 1 through Sept. 30.

The agency’s Northstar and Homewood inspection stations would be open from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Thursday through Sunday, and closed Monday through Wednesday under the staff proposal. The two inspection stations would be open from May 20 to Sept. 8.

The reduced operating hours and days are expected to save the inspection program $135,000 in salary costs, about one third of the inspector salary budget, according to a TRPA staff report.

That proposed changes would impact just more than 12 percent of boaters, according to TRPA estimates.

“Staff feels that given the significant salary savings, the reduction in operating hours and resulting minor inconvenience to the boating public is justified,” the report stated.

The Governing Board meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the North Tahoe Event Center, 8318 N. Lake Tahoe Blvd.

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