12/18/2008, 7:07 p.m. EST
The Associated Press
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Snowmobilers would have to pay higher fees next year under bills sent to Gov. Jennifer Granholm for her signature.
The state Senate approved the higher fees Thursday as a way to raise more money to maintain and improve grooming on snowmobile trails. The state snowmobile program faces a $1 million deficit next year.
Trail permits would rise from $25 to $35 for 2009 and 2010, then increase to $45 for 2011 through 2015. Future increases would be tied to the inflation rate.
The three-year snowmobile registration fee would rise from $22 to $30 and the fine for operating a snowmobile without registration would quadruple to $200 on July 1. Some of that money would go toward expanding and protecting snowmobile trails.
Snowmobiling brings the state economy $1 billion annually.
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