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Old 05-14-2010, 07:45 AM
 
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I think CO residents should be excluded in this deal. Charge the out of state folks.
U.S. Forest Service to charge for climbing 14ers - KDVR (http://www.kdvr.com/news/kdvr-mountain-fees-051310,0,1424395.story - broken link)
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Old 05-14-2010, 07:55 AM
 
Location: Aurora
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look, you either pay taxes for maintaining trails etc, or you pay a user fee. either one, but there's no free lunch or free hike.
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Old 05-14-2010, 07:57 AM
 
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What do you think our state taxes are for?
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Old 05-14-2010, 08:07 AM
 
Location: Western, Colorado
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look, you either pay taxes for maintaining trails etc, or you pay a user fee. either one, but there's no free lunch or free hike.
We already pay taxes, in the form of Federal Income Taxes, that pay for these lands.

They also receive income from Oil & Gas companies through land leases for exploration and production.

This is just another grab, albeit smaller but deeper, into our pockets.
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Old 05-14-2010, 11:07 AM
 
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I'll just stick to the 13er's and lower and then it's not an issue. The 14ers are already wayyy too crowded with tourists who just want bragging rights.
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Old 05-14-2010, 11:56 AM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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Are they going to have a guard posted at each trailhead? I don't understand how this will be enforced.
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Old 05-14-2010, 12:35 PM
 
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Are they going to have a guard posted at each trailhead? I don't understand how this will be enforced.
Probably a fee box at the trailhead with an occasional fee collector at the more popular trailheads... Like they do with many other day use areas already.
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Old 05-14-2010, 02:03 PM
 
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What's next, put a tax on firewood?
That's what Cap & Trade will do...
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Old 05-14-2010, 03:04 PM
 
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What's next, put a tax on firewood?
Actually there already IS tax on firewood any time you buy it commercially, and it's often ILLEGAL to collect it on public lands.
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Old 05-14-2010, 08:32 PM
 
Location: Aurora
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well first, this is the US forest service, so state taxes don't apply. second, federal taxes keep going down. we are now paying our lowest tax rates since the 1950s.

Tax bills in 2009 at lowest level since 1950 - USATODAY.com

now how is our government exactly supposed to pay to maintain federal parks? as I said, it's either raise taxes or impose user fees. pick one because it's not free.
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