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Hastings’ bill would relieve cabin owners

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A proposed new fee structure for cabins on National Forest land could provide relief for owners who have watched costs skyrocket in recent years.

The House Natural Resources Committee on Thursday unanimously passed the Cabin Fee Act of 2014. Sponsored by Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Pasco, the bill would set a tiered fee structure based on the current appraisal of cabin lots.

The bills aim to address a problem created by a 2000 law that set cabin fees at 5 percent…

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