Yes on 21 - Vehicle license fee Print

Official Title and Summary

Initiative Statute
Establishes $18 Annual Vehicle License Surcharge to Help Fund State Parks and Wildlife Programs and Grants Free Admission to All State Parks to Surcharged Vehicles.

  • Requires deposit of surcharge revenue in a new trust fund and requires that trust funds be used solely to operate, maintain and repair the state park system, and to protect wildlife and natural resources.
  • Exempts commercial vehicles, trailers and trailer coaches from the surcharge.
  • Requires annual audit by the State Auditor and review by citizen's oversight committee.

Summary of Legislative Analyst's Estimate of Net State and Local Government Fiscal Impact:

  • Increased state revenues of about $500 million annually from an annuals surcharge on vehicle registrations.
  • New revenues would be used to offset about $50 million loss of park day-use fee revenues, and could be used to replace up to $200 million annually from existing state funds currently spend on state partks and wildlife conservation programs.
  • Increased funding for state parks and wildlife conservation of at least $250 million annually.

Peace and Freedom Party Position

This proposition adds an $18 fee to most vehicle registrations that will go directly to California’s 278 parks, and eliminate the vehicle entrance fee. We would prefer to tax the wealthy and their corporations. But we all need our parks to preserve the environment and help us enjoy it. We accept the cost of a half a tank of gas per year as a toll on the road to a more equitable future.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 September 2010 13:35