BoatU.S. urges action to protect California boat tax dollars
By Jonathan Sweet
September 12, 2013
Filed under News
BoatU.S. has put a notice out to its California members asking them to help preserve the boater-financed Harbors and Watercraft Revolving Fund for boating purposes.
California Senate Bill 436 would open up the HWRF for non-boating projects, including the prevention of damage to streets and other property caused by beach erosion and flooding.
“While the prevention of such damage is important, boats are not the source of the damage and using boating dollars to support non-boating programs is a dangerous precedent,” BoatU.S. writes in the member appeal.
The association is asking members to contact their legislators and urge them to vote against the bill.
The California HWRF is funded by boat registration fees, fuel taxes and other recreational boating proceeds and used to pay for docks, boat ramps and other boating-related improvements throughout the state.