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CFA Call to Action!
May 28, 2014
Outrageous CUFFA fees are crippling the cabin program. The 2014 billing has exhausted the financial resources of many cabin owners who simply cannot pay $10,000 to $30,000—or more—this year and for the next ten years! Six years of dedicated work by the Cabin Coalition 2 (C2) and NFH to correct the problem and pass the Cabin Fee Act (CFA), have brought success within reach.
But, we need everyone’s help, now! Please read on ...
The 113th Congress ends this year and may be our last chance. An all-out effort is being made by NFH and C2 in the next few weeks because the August Congressional recess and the November elections are fast approaching. A group of cabin leaders will be traveling to Washington, D.C. the week of June 16th to meet with key members and staff in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate. We are hopeful that the updated version of the CFA will soon clear a key hurdle with the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and receive a committee mark-up in the House before our team hits the ground in D.C.
Click here to read more and for Senate contact information.
NFH Members click here! to see how you can continue to financially support the CFA effort.
Our Updated AdviceWhat to Do About Your 2014Cabin Permit Fee
March 6, 2014
In early January we communicated our best advice to cabin owners facing 2014 fee bills – and some with 2013 fee bills – that they simply can’t pay. We’ve heard back from many of you and have learned more about the Forest Service collection process, and, frustratingly, the Cabin Fee Act is stilllanguishing in Congress. So for many, it now may be time to fish or cut bait, as they say, because you can’t sit on a fee bill forever without some unwelcome results.
First, we remain optimistic that the CFA will eventually be passed by Congress, but it’s got to be soon to help with extremely high fees. . . . Despite strong bipartisan support in both chambers of Congress, the Cabin Fee Act is part of a huge logjam that defies understanding. Be assured though that we continue to push the legislation as hard as possible!
Now, about those fee bills. In our prior communication, we advised that if you could not afford to pay your bill, simply do nothing for the time being. While the "do-nothing” strategy might be the only option for some cabin owners, the Forest Service has indicated that making no payment at all will place the permittee into noncompliance with their permit and could trigger revocation proceedings. Instead, we have heard from the Forest Service that the agency will act more favorably toward cabin owners who make any "good faith effort” to pay some portion of their 2014 bill, even if it’s not the full amount. . . .
(Read more and download the entire letter here.)
Summary of Results:
2014 Cabin Fee Survey
Cabin Fee Act Update
May 14, 2014
The Cabin Fee Act (CFA) continues to
await action by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and Congress.
The CFA (S. 1341/H.R. 1159) remains of
vital importance to the future of the Forest Service Recreation Residence
Program and to many cabin owners striving and hoping to retain their cabins in
the face of drastically increased fees. As cabin owners know, these bills,
which have been before Congress for nearly four years, are noncontroversial
with strong bipartisan support, including support from the leadership of the
major committees of jurisdiction in the House of Representatives and the
Senate. But progress and final passage have been repeatedly blocked by a
Congress too often stalemated, especially on public lands legislation, and a
CBO whose approval is essential but which has set a moving fiscal target that
the bill must satisfy to meet budget requirements.
On April 4th, in response to
anegative March 5th CBO "Cost Estimate"of S. 1341, an
amended version of the bill based on the latest relevant Forest Service data
was submitted for informal CBO review. An accompanying cabin owner
analysis explained the amendments and identified additional corrections
to the CBO report. Cabin owners believe that
careful CBO consideration of these proposed amendments and other points
will satisfy concerns raisedby the agency.Both Senate and House
have requested that the CBO examine these proposed amendments and the
accompanying cabin owner analysis so the bill can move forward. The House
Natural Resources Committee is prepared to take up the amended S. 1341 at its
next available "markup" session, probably in June, and is pressing
the CBOto respond before then. Senate markup action is also being sought.
Meanwhile, a delegation of cabin owners
will be traveling to D.C. in mid-June to meet with key Congressional leaders
and with top Forest Service leadership, who have been very supportive of the
CFA. Plans are being prepared for local cabin owner constituent visits
with Members of Congress when they are back home for their July 4th Recess and
for their month-long August Recess. If necessary, another D.C. cabin
owner visit will take place in September. At the same time, professional
lobbying support for the CFA is being enhanced and expanded as an all-out
effort intensifies to get the CFA enacted into law this year.
Watch the NFH website and your email for requests for your
assistance in our efforts to gain passage of the CFA this year. We will initiate a grassroots email and
calling campaign in the next week or so.
Please be prepared to participate!
Aubrey C. King
NFH Washington Representative
11914 Grason Lane
Bowie, MD 20715-4012
2014 NFH Election ResultsWith a total of over 1,300 ballots received, the National Forest Homeowners' membership elected Jay Tripathi, of Healdsburg, California, as the new President. Richard Maycock, from Roswell, Georgia was elected as a new Director. And we have a new Nominating Committee.
See complete election results here, and you can go to our NFH Board of Directors page for the updated list of current directors with contact information.
Thank you to all those who participated in our annual elections!