Property developers have paid many thousand dollars to the “Citizens For Better Transportation” PAC in an effort to pass a proposed Ada County Highway District vehicle fee hike on the November ballot.
Other engineering and construction firms also contributed to the PAC which was formed to promote passage of a lopsided measure which would raise the local tax portion of vehicle registration fees by 70% while totally eliminating any local tax whatsoever on the heavy vehicles that cause the damage to our streets. Even Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd kicked in $250.
The campaign finance report shows $77,325 in payments to the PAC, mostly from folks who will benefits from passage of the increased fee proposal. See it HERE.
The GUARDIAN has called for defeat of the measure because: –It is open ended and will last forever unless repealed by voters at a future date. It has no expiration date.
–It exempts the heavy rigs and puts the financial burden on the private car owners.
–The current fee structure will remain as the only county vehicle tax in the entire state even if the 70% hike fails.
We have been told that several legislators are working on enabling legislation that would close the loophole on those rigs over 8,000 pounds. ACHD is bound by state laws.
The ACHD commission voted Wednesday to forge ahead with a legislative proposal that would include fees for ALL vehicles up to 60,000 pounds. However, the fee hike proposal on the ballot remains in play.
If the legislature passes a new state law to allow local fees on the heavier vehicles, it would require an Ada vote to include those bigger rigs, regardless of the election outcome on the current fee proposal.
It’s a safe bet the politicos at ACHD would prefer to not reveal the details of the legislative drafts until after the election.
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