Committee recommends rescinding proposed Barnett Reservoir usage fee
After studying responses received during the public comment period, the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District’s Parks Policy Committee voted Monday to recommend rescinding a proposed lake usage fee at Ross Barnett Reservoir.
The full PRVWSD Board of Directors will consider the recommendation at its May meeting Thursday at 9:30 a.m. at the PRVWSD office at 115 Madison Landing Circle.
Passed by the board at its April meeting, the proposed fee plan would have become effective Oct. 1, 2015, and require a user sticker on most boats launched or moored at the 33,000-acre Barnett Reservoir. The fees would have ranged from $35 a year for boats under 26 feet, to $50 for boats 26 feet and longer. A $10 10-day permit was also proposed.
The projected annual revenue from the program ranged from $250,000 to $300,000, which was to be put in a special fund account to be used solely for recreation and boating infrastructure on the 50-year-old lake.
“We received many comments both pro and con on the proposed usage fee, and after taking those into
consideration, the Committee decided it would be best to send it back to the staff for further study,” said John Sigman, general manager of the PRVWSD. “This serves as an example of our board’s willingness to listen to its constituents and involve them in the decision-making process.”
Sigman said the Board of Directors has tasked the PRVWSD staff with seeking and developing additional revenue sources to fund the recreational needs of the District, and he said that work would continue.
Kingfish note: Lake looks like a giant mudhole. Facilities and bathrooms look like crap. The Rez should be the crown jewel of the Jackson metro area but no one gives a rats ass about it and they want to bitch about it without doing something about it as well. People don't want to do anything to make anything nice around here and then gripe about how we have nothing nice in Mississippi.