Regarding the American Lake boat launch annual fee for non-residents mentioned in the stories below: which is the correct fee? $100 or $125? The City Manager’s report is in conflict with “Pay station reinstalled…” are in conflict. Editor’s Note: $100 for non-residents is the correct amount.
A separate question for Lakewood government: If people are charged $10/day, or $80/$100/$125 per year to launch a boat on American Lake, or instead charged nothing to lauch a boat on Lake Steilacoom or Lake Louise, won’t this launch fee structure push more people to the smaller lakes? Won’t this imbalance of fees put excess pressure on the smaller lakes, which do not have the surface acreage nor shore frontage to handle the increased traffic? As such, does not this fee structure constitute an inappropriate incentive for boaters to overpopulate the smaller lakes, which don’t have the capacity to handle the extra traffic?
If so, is this not an inappropriate economic incentive system for the city to use to push people toward lakes that cannot handle the extra traffic? I would argue that it is, and I challenge anyone to offer specific evidence to refute such a conclusion. I therefore encourage the city government to think again about this particular policy, as well as any other policies that could result in an imbalanced incentive system that puts excess pressure on the smaller lakes.
Why would the city leaders ever think it was a good idea to design a fee structure which favors usage of one city lake over another, especially where capacity issues of the individual lakes make this a bad idea? I have to believe that this is an issue resulting from an inadequate amount of thinking by city leaders. I also believe that further review of the situation will result in a prompt adjustment of this strange incentive structure toward something more appropriate. I look forward to hearing that such thinking has been accomplished, and the policies changed accordingly.
(who lives on Lake Louise)
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