In 2010 the Council of the Borough of Bridgewater proposed an ordinance that would charge recreational boaters docked with in the Borough a 5% tax based on their seasonal docking fee. After hearing concerns from boaters and marina owners, the council abandoned the ordinance. That is, until now.
Just recently the Council published the following announcement:
NOTICE OF ORDINANCE
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:
Please be advised that on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 during the regularly scheduled meeting of the Council of the Borough of Bridgewater to be held at 7:00 p.m. in Council Chambers, 199 Boundry Lane, Bridgewater, Pennsylvania, Council will consider the passage of the following ordinance: Borough of Bridgewater Ordinance No. 470 entitled: AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOROUGH OF BRIDGEWATER, BEAVER COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, IMPOSING AN ANNUAL DOCKING FEE ON HARBORING NONCOMMERCIAL WATERCRAFT.BRIEF SUMMARY OF ORDINANCE
The Borough of Bridgewater intends to adopt Ordinance 470. This Ordinance establishes an annual $25.00 docking fee on each non-commercial watercraft harbored in the Borough of Bridgewater and requires the marina owner to register with the Borough the information pertaining to the harbored watercraft. A copy of this Ordinance has been filed with the Beaver County Law Librarian and three copies are available for public inspection at the office of the Borough Secretary.1/26, 2/2, 2/9/17
Numerous boaters have already shared their displeasure via social media and are encouraging fellow boaters to attend the meeting on February 14th. They hope to once again see this ordinance defeated.
Editor’s Note: For those boaters outside of the Bridgewater borders, it might be worth paying attention to what happens in this small town. If a “fee” of this nature passes there, it is quite possible towns up and down the Three Rivers may implement a similar tax.
In other Beaver River news, the Beaver County River Regatta committee are hosting a Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser at the Beaver Valley Yacht Club on March 11th. Please check out the Regatta Facebook page for more information.