Some commishes complained that we focused blame on them while they were “merely following the state code.” They are correct with regard to being bound by the state code, but the fact remains they plan to pass a resolution July 11 which will unfairly tax ALL passenger cars while exempting most commercial and heavier trucks from paying ANY fees to ACHD. The current law is unfair and unequal regardless of who got it passed.
The fee hike proposal is akin to taxing residential property, but exempting commercial property in excess of 8,000 square feet. It is simply wrong–without attributing “blame” to any particular political body.
The immediate fix would be a two year limit on the unfair tax with the idea of seeking equality from the 2019 legislature. There is apparently a provision which allows the fee hike only in even numbered years, hence our suggestion of a two year grace period.
We talked with one legislator who thought it possible to get a commitment from legislative leaders to allow ACHD to levy fees against those big trucks once the law is fixed. He has more faith in his colleagues than does the GUARDIAN!
If ACHD commishes stick with their planned ballot language for the fee hike, citizen motorists risk having the unfair tax forever since it can only be repealed by the voters and repeal would be an onerous task.
We understand that ACHD is victim of the unbridled growth and is forced to react to the demands caused by the city, county, and state politicos who do everything they can to encourage growth which simply does not pay for itself. We object to financing their work load on the backs of only a select portion of the motoring public.
Vehicle owners and taxpaying citizens hold the power of the purse. We can deny the fee hike at the November election, not allow it to be rushed in under the unfair circumstances, and force the 2019 legislature to change state code to allow for “equal justice under the (tax) law.”
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