Obama’s new budget proposal would ELIMINATE the small miners waiver of holding 10 claims or less. What this means is instead of us paying $10.00 for each claim if we have less than 10, we would pay $140 per 20 acres, per claim. So lets do the math:
Say we have 10 claims totaling 640 acres.
We would have paid to the BLM, $100 for the small miners waiver.
Now, under this proposal, we would pay $140 per 20 acres.
640 / 20 = 32
32 X $140 = $4,480
So the cost to this small miner would go from $100 to $4,480 in one day.
This is an example of why we need to call our Senators and House members and let them know how we feel about Obama’s budget proposal.