No More Taxes or Fees
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California's roads and infrastructure are in bad shape. We can all thank our elected representatives, who grossly mismanaged the revenue that was generated by the gasoline tax and other transportation specific fees and revenues over the last two decades. Instead of reinvesting this money back into our infrastructure on a consistent basis, it was spent on something else.
Now we are facing a significant shortfall in funds available to repair our infrastructure.
SB 1 will raise the base excise tax on gasoline by 12 cents per gallon, bringing it to 30 cents. Another variable excise tax will be set at 17 cents. Diesel fuel and biodiesel will increase the state excise tax 20 cents per gallon from 16 cents to 36 cents a gallon. A diesel-only sales tax which is charged in addition to the state and local sales tax rates, will increase from 1.75 percent to 5.75 percent, going up four percentage points.
Electric car owners will pay a $100 annual fee, after 2020, and only on new electric vehicles.The package also creates an annual vehicle licensing fee ranging from $25 for cars valued at under $5,000, to $175 for cars worth $60,000 or more.
By allowing this measure to proceed without a vote by the citizens of California, our elected representatives are not being held accountable for the significant mistakes they've made managing our infrastructure and the damage they've done to this state.
We should not allow our elected representatives to bail themselves out at our expense. The money they pulled out of our infrastructure needs to be paid back. I can think of one big (bullet) project that could be ended and the funding redirected to resolve the current and future needs of our infrastructure.
Please sign the petition to just say, "NO", to any new taxes and fees. Call or write your elected representative and let them know that their reckless spending is no longer acceptable.
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