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Decatur Lake fees will rise

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Decatur - It will cost more for boaters to use Lake Decatur.

The City Council approved raising dock fees and license fees, by five percent each year over the next three years.

The city takes in less than 200 thousand dollars in boater fees and licenses each year, but the cost to run the lake patrol and administer the licenses is nearly 350 thousand dollars.

They're raising fees to narrow that gap and to help cover major improvements to the lake like dam repairs and the massive dredging project.

The last time the city raised fees was in 2012 by 40 percent. The raise goes into effect for the 2014 boating season.

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