RALEIGH, NC (AP) - A North Carolina Senate proposal to channel higher annual and one-time fees on most North Carolina boats and watercraft to coastal dredging projects is heading to the state House.
The measure given final Senate approval Monday night by a 38-11 vote would raise titling fees on boats and ID numbering fees on vessels that require them. Much of the money would provide matching funds for local projects. Bill supporters say the revenue is needed because federal money for removing sand from shallow channels are drying up.
The current $15 annual numbering fee would increase to $25 or $50, depending on the vessel's length. Multi-year numbering fees also would go up. The titling fee would increase from $20 to $30.
The Senate gave the bill tentative approval last week.
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