The county charges ranchers, the Bureau of Land Management, the National Forest Service and any other entities wanting a cattle guard installed on a county road $750.
But it costs the county approximately $2,500 to $3,000 to install the guards, which are used to keep cattle from crossing onto other property across county roads.
In a meeting last week, Steele said he would like the county to charge people the actual cost for the cattle guards, which is $119 per foot.
"I don't see why we should be subsidizing the BLM and other agencies," Steele said.
Private landowners are asked not to put up gates, but use cattle guards on county roads instead. Because the travelling public benefits from the cattle guards, taxpayers should pay a fair share, documents state.
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