Wyoming snowmobilers are lobbying state legislators to increase the cost of permits $10 for private riders and $30 for commercial outfits. The fees would likely raise $400,000 a year to help pay for the state to maintain Wyoming's 2,000 miles of snowmobile trails. Bert Miller, president of the Wyoming State Snowmobile Association, told the Star Tribune that the investment in trail maintenance would encourage more winter tourism. Snowmobiling brings in about $146 million to Wyoming per year and additional $29 million related to the Wyoming economy. Wyoming's budget doesn't set aside money for snowmobile trail grooming, so the state pays for trail maintenance through snowmobile registration fees and money from fuel taxes. Each trail mile costs more than $19 to groom. The Travel, Recreation, Wildlife and Cultural Resources Interim Committee will discuss the proposal at their next interim meeting in August
Washington State is doing the same thing. We are shooting for a $10 increase the first year and another $10 the next year. I think it has a real good chance of passing. We are also trying to get the state to increase the funding from the gas tax that we already pay.