City Council Wrestles with Cost of Boat Inspections at Lake Whatcom

Posted: March 26, 2013

By: John Stark [The Bellingham Herald]

BELLINGHAM - City Council members still hope to avoid a taxpayer subsidy of the boat inspection plan for Lake Whatcom, but they have yet to reach agreement with the Whatcom County Council on how much boaters will pay for a legally required inspection sticker.


At a Monday, March 25, committee discussion, City Council members appeared to be moving toward a boat inspection ordinance that would allow the city's public works director to set the inspection sticker price, with an eye toward covering the estimated annual cost of about $140,000 for the program.

The goal of the inspections is to head off the introduction of destructive species, such as zebra and quagga mussels, into the lake.

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