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New boat registraion fees would go to Missouri Water Patrol

May 1, 2006
By: Kathryn Buschman
State Capital Bureau

Missouri Water Patrol officer's salaries will see an increase next year under a bill in the House.

Kathryn Buschman has more from Jefferson City.

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The Water Patrol Fund bill increases the application fee required when boat owners apply or renew their boat for registration. The funds will increase the salary of water patrol officers.

Rep. Kuessner from Shannon says the state is already short on water patrol officers and continues to lose officers to the highway patrol because of the pay discrepancies.

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Contents: "We have raised the highway patrol because of this but then we have the water patrol we've done nothing for and their losing officers yearly to the higher pay scale."

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The House sponsor of the bill Rep. Cooper says around $3.1 million will be generated a year from the fee increase. The money will also go toward water patrol training and equipment

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Missouri Water Patrol officer could see an increase in their pay next year under a bill in the Missouri House.

Kathryn Buschman has more from Jefferson City.

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The bill increases the boater registration fees required of boat owners every three years. The revenue from the fees would help fund training for water patrol officers, pay for equipment and increase salaries. Rep. Kuessner from Shannon says the state is losing water patrol officers to higher paying jobs at the highway patrol. Kuessner says the increase will not hurt boaters.

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Contents: "It only amount to for over ninety percent of the boats this only amounts to less than ninety cents a month increase and this is the first increase they've had for 20 years now so it is very important we do this."

The bill's sponsor Rep. Cooper says $3.1 million is expected to be generated from the increased fees.

From the state capitol I am Kathryn Buschman