A bill to establish a predictable fee-setting system for families who own cabins in national forests has been reintroduced by Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash.
The bill, which passed the House but not the Senate last year, would establish a tiered annual fee structure. Fees would be adjusted annually for inflation, and a flat transfer fee of $1,200 would be set for cabin sales or transfer of ownership within a family.
"In Central Washington and throughout the country there are thousands of family owned cabins that have been passed down from generation to generation," Hastings said in a statement. "Yet this tradition is being threatened by soaring and unpredictable fees that make these cabins unaffordable."
In some cases families have received notices that a cabin fee is increasing by 1,000 percent.