DNR considering fee hikes due to unstable economy

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH, AP) -- South Carolina's Department of Natural Resources wants to raise fees to generate more revenue as the agency struggles with budget cuts.

"The agency and the board are simply doing research, finding out where we are in relationship to the rest of our region," says DNR Board Chairwoman Caroline Rhodes.

The Department of Natural Resources has seen its state funding reduced from about $32 million to $14 million in the past few years.

Rhodes says DNR hasn't raised the fee on any type of hunting or fishing license since 2003.

The plan under consideration could raise nearly $5 million if all the proposed changes are approved by lawmakers, some of that revenue would be used to pay DNR officer salaries.

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