December 18, 2012
Idaho boaters have the power of choice
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Registration funds are a necessary part of owning a pontoon
or a deck boat. But it seems one state has come up with a way to allow the
people that pay these funds decide how they are going to be used instead of
letting lawmakers make the decisions.
When people register their boats, they pick a primary and a second county to receive the money. Those funds are then given to that county’s Waterways Advisory Committee, which is typically made up of boaters in the region. The committees in turn designate what projects to fund.
According to Idaho Boating Program Manager Dave Dahms, the idea is that boaters direct those dollars to their favorite, most frequented boating locations, which in turn fund boat improvement projects and law enforcement activities.
“I think this program has been extremely effective because it is in the hands of the boaters to tell the state where they want their money spent,” Dahms said.
The system has not caused a shortage of funding in less
popular lakes, according to Dahms, who has been with
This is a great way to allow boaters a voice in their home state. If you enjoy pontooning in a certain area, you can guarantee your registration money will be spent there. Simple, right?