The Lakewood Village Board voted 6-0 to impose an “ecology” fee on motorboats.
This fee, a tax by another name, will more than double the cost of motorboating on Crystal Lake.
This does not seem like most fees, which are user fees.
At one point, the Crystal Lake Park Board sought to ban motor boats on the 220 acre lake.
As most understand, taxing something results in less of it.
During the debate I was surprised that one Trustee did not seem to understand that passage of the Intergovernmental Agreement with Crystal Lake would mean more than the Park District’s taking over bookkeeping duties.