misinterpretation of CUFFA law, St. R...

misinterpretation of CUFFA law, St. Regis Superfund site on Pike Bay

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J S C S-71

West Des Moines, IA

#1 Mar 2, 2010
The Forest Service people say that we pay too little in permit fees, but in 2000 our permit fees doubled from $1000 to $2000, and now in 2008 they tripled our fees. These fees are for 900 sq. foot cabin, with no insulation, one bathroom, no garage, no heating, no garbage pickup, water, gas, sewage or even police and fire protection throughout the long winter in northern Minnesota.(We had to borrow money to pay over $6000 in 2009 for a new septic tank and drain field required by the FS for permit renewal.) In addition, we pay about $800 to Cass County for property tax!! We pay more than year round lakeshore half million dollar home taxpayers pay! DO NOT BELIEVE WHAT THE FS TELLS YOU, because THEY HAVE A HIDDEN AGENDA: TO GET RID OF THE CABIN PERMITS OR MAKE THEM PAY DEARLY FOR THEIR PERMITS. Within a month of writing an appeal letter to the Forest Service, we received another letter from them rescinding all appeals from cabin permit owners. That is the way the Forest Service operates: promise and then renege. They promised Congress that they would enact fair fees imposed by the CUFFA law; they tripled our fees. They promised us that we could appeal; they withdrew their promise. The FS knows that retirees on a fixed income and Native Americans living in the area and in summer cabins in the Chippewa National Forest do not have sufficient incomes to fight this. They don't believe the St. Regis Superfund site is that important or else they would have cleaned up the site instead of studying it for years. They have lots of government lawyers to rely on; we do not. Where can the average guy get justice in this system?
John & Carole Stevens
Jean Kelley

United States

#2 Aug 28, 2013
I finally found this page. I too have a cabin in the Chippewa Naional Forest and my fees went from $2,970 a year to $ 6,300. We do not indoor plumbing nor do we have running water just a pump. Our cabin is 24' by 24 '. I ask you is a fee for a cabin on the forest worth $6,300 a year to have a site to put your cabin ? You can buy a lot on the north end of our lake and only have to pay $800 a year. And these are Federal Fees under the National Forest Service. We pay our state taxes over and above this fee. Youc an buy a lot for $4,00 , a flat fee and you can have your cabin on it year round. On Cass Lake I have found two places that you can have a cabin, or trailer for $2,500 a year and you have access all year round. You can stay in the campgrounds for 5 months for $2,500. So I say that $6,300 is way too much. I am with Carole and Jack Stevens and have joined the National Forest Homeowners who are trying to pass a new law to lower the fees the Cabin Fee Act . However it is only lowering my fee to $ 5,000 thus far. So we have also joined Eckland & Blando a powerful law firm with expertise in government related cases.

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