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Local GOP representatives fight car tax

Mike Pottage

State Senator Tim Leslie, R-Tahoe City, and Assemblyman Thomas “Rico” Oller have thrown support to Assemblyman Tom McClintock’s campaign to repeal the California vehicle license fees.

The repeal would be accomplished by AB 1776 and Assembly Constitutional Amendment 45.

Repeal, phased in during a five-year-period, would save the average car owner about $185 a year.

McClintock’s legislation calls for replacement funds to be allocated to local government to offset revenue losses from the repeal.

Oller said 7 percent of the vehicle license tax goes to the Department of Motor Vehicles to cover its administrative costs.

“To drive an automobile in California, we must pay for a driver’s license; to register an automobile; sales tax on the value of a used vehicle when traded in for another vehicle; a vehicle licensing fee; sales tax on fuel; excise tax on fuel; sales tax on motor vehicle fuel tax; fees for the disposal of used motor oil, used tires and used batteries; special air pollution assessment districts; higher costs for pollution control equipment on vehicles sold in California; bridge tolls; parking fees; vehicle transfer fees; smog fees; smog certificates; and host of other charges, fees, assessments and taxes,” Oller said.

The vehicle license fee, Oller said, adds insult to all this burden because none of the money collected goes to highways or transportation. “this is truly a general fund tax.”

With the state’s income up $4 billion, Sen. Leslie said the repeal of the vehicle tax is an excellent way to give “taxpayers back their hard-earned dollars.”

Leslie said he understands the opposition from local government. “The state balanced the budget on the backs of the cities and counties several years ago. Since then, I have fought at every opportunity to return this lost revenue to local coffers.” Local revenue, he said, will be “protected.”

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