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Applies to you guys with 24 ft or larger boats.

§ 75A-5.3. Coastal Waterways User Identification Number required.
(a) Definitions. – As used in this section, "coastal fishing waters" has the same meaning as in G.S. 113-129.

(b) Coastal Waterways User Identification Number Required. – All of the following vessels are required to be numbered with a Coastal Waterways User Identification Number issued by the Wildlife Resources Commission:
(1) A vessel required to be numbered pursuant to G.S. 75A-4 that is 24 feet or more in length and that is operated in the coastal fishing waters of the State.
(2) A vessel that (i) is numbered in accordance with applicable federal law or in accordance with a federally approved numbering system of another state, (ii) is 24 feet or more in length, and (iii) is used to engage in commercial or recreational fishing in the coastal fishing waters of the State under any of the following fishing licenses:
a. A Standard Commercial Fishing License issued pursuant to G.S. 113-168.2.
b. A Retired Standard Commercial Fishing License issued pursuant to G.S. 113-168.3.
c. A Shellfish License issued pursuant to G.S. 113-169.2.
d. A Recreational Commercial Gear License issued pursuant to G.S. 113-173.
e. A Coastal Recreational Fishing License issued pursuant to G.S. 113-174.2 or G.S. 113-351.
f. A For-Hire License issued pursuant to G.S. 113-174.3.
(c) Fees. – The annual fee for a Coastal Waterways User Identification Number shall be calculated by rounding down the length of the vessel to the nearest foot, dividing this length by eight, and multiplying the result by the length of the vessel rounded down to the nearest foot. The result of this calculation shall be rounded down to the nearest cent, and this result shall be the dollar amount of the annual fee for each vessel. Notwithstanding this subsection, an annual fee for a Coastal Waterways User Identification Number shall not be greater than the fee for a 100-foot vessel. The funds collected pursuant to this section shall be credited on a quarterly basis to the Shallow Draft Navigation Channel Dredging and Lake Maintenance Fund established by G.S. 143-215.73F.

(d) Renewal of Number. – An owner of a vessel issued a Coastal Waterways User Identification Number pursuant to this section shall renew the number on or before the number General Assembly Of North Carolina Session 2015 expires. If the number is not renewed before it expires, it shall lapse and be void until such time 1 as it may thereafter be renewed. Application for renewal shall be submitted on a form approved 2 by the Commission and shall be accompanied by a fee in the amount set forth in subsection (c) 3 of this section.

(e) Duplicate Number. – The Commission shall issue a duplicate number for a Coastal Waterways User Identification Number upon application by the person entitled to hold the number if the Commission is satisfied the original number has been lost, stolen, mutilated, destroyed, or has become illegible.

(f) Vessel Change of Ownership. – Should the ownership of a vessel with a valid Coastal Waterways User Identification Number change, a new application form with the fee set forth in subsection (c) of this section shall be filed with the Commission by the new owner upon expiration if the new owner intends to use the vessel as described in subsection (b) of this section. Coastal Waterways User Identification Numbers are not transferable from one vessel to another.

(g) Duration. – Coastal Waterways User Identification Numbers are valid for a period of 12 months from the date of issuance. Subsequent renewals made before the expiration date of the number are valid the first day after the expiration of the currently valid number. Renewals made after the number expires are valid for a period of 12 months from the date of issuance. (h) Display. – Notwithstanding G.S. 75A-5(k), the Coastal Waterways User Identification Number shall be displayed on each side of the bow of the vessel.

(i) Penalty. – A person who fails to obtain and display the Coastal Waterways User Identification Number required by this section is responsible for an infraction as provided in G.S. 14-3.1 and shall pay a fine equal to the amount of the fee for the applicable Coastal Waterways User Identification Number.

(j) Rule Making. – The Wildlife Resources Commission shall adopt rules to implement this section."

SECTION 14.6.(j) G.S. 75A-5.2(c) reads as rewritten:
"(c) As compensation for services rendered to the Commission and to the general public, vessel agents shall receive the surcharge listed below. The surcharge shall be added to the fee for each certificate issued.
(1) Renewal of certificate of number – $3.00.
(2) Transfer of ownership and certificate of number – $5.00.
(3) Issuance of new certificate of number – $5.00.
(4) Issuance of duplicate certificate of number – $3.00.
(5) Issuance or transfer of certificate of title – $5.00.
(6) Issuance of new, duplicate, or renewal Coastal Waterways User Identification Number – $3.50."
SECTION 14.6.(k) The Wildlife Resources Commission shall disseminate information regarding the Coastal Waterways User Identification Number to the public in order to inform affected vessel owners of the Coastal Waterways User Identification Number requirements.

SECTION 14.6.(l) Coastal Waterways User Fee Administrative Costs. – Notwithstanding G.S. 75A-3, of the funds to be transferred to the Shallow Draft Navigation Channel and Lake Dredging Fund pursuant to G.S. 75A-3, the Wildlife Resources Commission may retain up to two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($250,000) in each fiscal year of the 2015-2017 fiscal biennium to implement subsections (i), (j), and (k) of this section.

SECTION 14.6.(m) Amend Dare County Occupancy Tax. – Effective July 1, 2015, for net proceeds collected on or after that date, Chapter 449 of the 1985 Session Laws, as amended by Chapters 177 and 906 of the 1991 Session Laws, Part VII of S.L. 2001-439, and Section 7 of S.L. 2010-78, is amended by adding a new section to read: General Assembly Of North Carolina Session 2015 "Sec. 3.3. Waterway Maintenance. – Notwithstanding any provision restricting the use of taxes authorized in this act, the county may use up to three million dollars ($3,000,000) of the net proceeds of the taxes authorized by Sections 3.1 and 3.2 of this act per fiscal year for maintenance of waterways located wholly or partially in the county. This section is repealed for fiscal years beginning on or after July 1, 2020.
 

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It applied to anyone with a boat, not just the bigger ones. 3 year tag used to be 40 bucks, now it's 90. Great job! From now on, I will pay by the year. No sense spending for 3 if it doesn't save any money. I asked about it when I renewed boat tag, and was told that I should be happy because I was a user and now the users were going to pay for this instead of raising taxes. I live 2 to 300 miles from ocean. How the h--- am I a user? My boat is never going to see the ocean. Call it what they want, it's still a higher tax. Wether it's paid once a year or every three.
 

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Meenyt - this is in addition to the higher registration costs.
 

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Just another way for the politicians to aid the wealthy. If they reserved the tax for the boats that will benefit from the dredging, it would have been fair. Instead, the little guys are paying part of the big guys share. Keep voting single issues and they'll keep doing it to us...
 

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The fact is most trailered boats could navigate undredged inlets I frequent as long as someone reasonable was behind the wheel.

Plus just think about New River inlet... From open to shut in no time.

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I'm way more in favor of user fees than increasing taxes. With a fee I can decide if I want to participate. With a tax I have absolutely no choice. I have to pay it whether I participate or not.
Like these sports arenas. As it stands tax payers are paying for these huge expensive arenas where it should be that the users of those arenas including fans and visitors of other venues should pay for it.

I'm not a fan of "for the greater good".
 

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For Highway 12, a toll road makes perfect sense. You want to drive on the Outer Banks, you pay. One annual fee for full time residents; a more expensive fee for part time residents and a higher daily fee for tourists...
 

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What about the roads I travel to work? Is that one exempt from the same benefits of high gas tax?

Fed money should babysit 12 IMHO.

I would bet there are a lot of non NC residents that run that blacktop that don't contribute to the gas tax nearly as much as us.

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Money is not usually the problem when it comes to highway funds in this state. Not too many years ago under a different governor we saw a 400 million dollar DOT bank account evaporate over night. Confiscated, (STOLEN) and used for something else.
Money has never been the issue. The bridge to replace the Bonner bridge is a prime example. The issue and the hold up for the last 20 years has never been about funds. The funds have been allocated for years.

Alot of the "catastrophic" repair bills of hwy 12 have been covered from the federal emergency fund but it is an expensive road to maintain and probably you don't want to know what is actually spent maintaining 12.
You have to look at it another way too. Some roads are expensive to maintain. We have roads like that one in the mountains as well. You just don't hear about them as much.

On the bright side hwy 12 contributes to almost a billion dollars a year in tourism. You could argue that it takes money to make money.
 
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