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Historic Oregon Tracts & Historic Survey
NEWS RELEASE, USDA Forest Service, Washington, D.C., 05-27-2011

New guidelines release as of April 2014 from the Forest Service:
A guide to Maintaining the Historical Character of your Forest Service Recreation Residence

 

 Front Burner Issue
National Forest Homeowners Association
By Cliff Conner-Coash


Fellow cabin owners,

With the passage of the Cabin Fee Act of 2014 you may want to know what your permit fee will be. First of all, the CFA will take effect starting in 2016. The 2015 fee will be determined by CUFFA with two provisions: It cannot be more than 25% greater than the 2014 fee, and in no case can it be more than $5,650. No one knows with absolute certainty right now exactly what fee tier any particular cabin will fall into in 2016, but it is possible to take an educated guess. The final CFA fee tier assignments cannot be determined until the USFS finishes the current appraisal cycle and finalizes the administrative rules which is expected this year. The approximately 600 cabins in Northern California are in the process of having their second appraisals approved. These appraisals, when approved, will impact where everyone else falls into the tier table. There are some generalities that are likely, and some certainties that are known.

Here are some certainties:
1) No one’s fee will be less than $650.
2) No one’s fee will be more than $5,650.

Here is a generality:
1) Most cabins will end up falling into the tier on one side or the other of their current fee, especially if your fee is in the $1,000- $4,000 level. You can consider this basically “rounding up” or “rounding down”. It is possible that some cabins could round up or down more than one tier.

The tier ranges are:

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One other item that you may need to act on if you are considering the transfer of your permit to a family member or trust: There is a provision in the Cabin Fee Act of 2014 that charges a transfer fee upon ‘change of ownership of the recreational residence’. There is some disagreement in the interpretation of this language as to when and how this applies.

The transfer fee is $1200 for the first year, and will increase with a COLA applied to the $1200 every year thereafter. The COLA is the same one as the one used for the permit fee in the CFA.

This provision will be implemented when the Forest Service sets the administrative rules for the CFA bill later this year. The Forest Service has not previously made fees retroactive. So if you are considering transferring the cabin permit to a family member, trust, or even selling, you may want to do this before the Forest Service implements the rules.

Below is the language from the CFA bill as it is written, with respect to cabin transfers:
(h) CABIN TRANSFER FEES. IN GENERAL. The Secretary shall establish a fee in the amount of $1,200 for the issuance of a new recreational residence permit due to a changeof ownership of the recreational residence.
(2) ADJUSTMENTS. The Secretary shall annually increase or decrease the transfer fee established under paragraph (1) to reflect changes in the Implicit Price Deflator for the Gross Domestic Product published by the Bureau of Economic Analysis ofthe Department of Commerce, applied on a 5-year rolling average.

The transfer fee is $1200 for the first year and a COLA applied to the $1200 every year thereafter.

There is a great deal of information on the National Forest Homeowners website, including a paper on Frequently Asked Questions. Go to NFH website and click on “CFA Frequently Asked Questions” about halfway down the page.
Here is the link: http://www.nationalforesthomeowners.org

Cliff Conner-Coash
President URRCA
OFHA Rogue/Siskiyou Director

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