CABIN FEE ACT (CFA) UPDATE
Despite the dogged
efforts of the Cabin Coalition 2 (C2) and the National Forest Homeowners (NFH)
to pass the Cabin Fee Act (CFA), CUFFA is still the law of the land and permit
fee bills far exceeding permittees ability to pay are arriving across the
country. The stories from Arizona,
Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming and elsewhere
are all the same. 2013 permit
bills of $7000, $9000, $12000 and above are occurring now, even with the limited protection of the 3 year phase-in under
CUFFA. Few good options
remain. Yes, many of you do not
have these problems. Just count
your blessings. That said we must work together in defense of the
Recreation Residence Program.
Losing 10% of our cabin neighbors cannot be allowed.
The Cabin Fee Act
(CFA) addresses these high fees. It is
the solution. But, despite
strong bi-partisan Congressional support in both Houses and Forest Service
acknowledgement of the failures of CUFFA, and our strident efforts, passage
remains elusive. Here is where we
introduced in the House of Representatives and passed out of committee, but was
found to be revenue negative by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). Our response to this hurdle has included
review and correction of all current appraisal data, further discussions with the
Forest Service encouraging validation of research data and minor adjustments to
the bill. We believe that together
these actions provide an opportunity for success with the CBO, hopefully soon.
are proceeding with the Senate. By
the time you are reading this, Senator Tester should have introduced a Senate
bill; a bill that we believe addresses the concerns of the CBO, the Forest
Service and cabin owners alike. An
optimistic view hopes for passage in the Senate this summer and a prompt and
positive vote in the House.
For 5 1/2 years
we have been struggling with a Congress that has not done much, the challenge
of revenue neutrality legislated by ‘Pay As You Go’ and the extreme variability
of CUFFA’s impact. This is very
likely our last chance at resolving the cabin fee problem. Grassroots support from cabin owners
remains the key to success.
Call to Action: All cabin owners, particularly those of
you that face 2013 fees that you cannot pay or are beyond the market in your area,
must inform your Senators and Representatives. Find them at http://www.contactingthecongress.org/
and write them today. Here’s what
· Let them know your objections and
strongly urge Congressional action to save your cabin. Your e-mail should
convey a deeply personal message; how long has the cabin been in your family,
what it has meant for generations, what will be lost if you have to leave the
· Stress that due to high fees, it
is nearly impossible to sell the cabin.
· Emphasize that after years
of conscientious and good faith efforts to get reasonable legislation passed, we have been frustrated by technical and budgetary
issues. Cabin owners have finally
reached the end of their rope and we need Congress to act NOW.
Your participation is critical; please contact your Senators
and Representatives today!
C2 Legislative Contact Committee
June 21, 2013