Got this on email today. If you are in California I would highly suggest letting your legislators know that you don't think this is a good idea. For the last few years the state of Arizona's OHV Gas Tax funds have been swept into the general fund due to some poor wording in the way it was originally written. We just also inacted an OHV Sticker of our own and made sure that we couldn't have the money taken from our program. This is a proposed loan from the Cali OHV Program however once it's taken from its intended purpose it makes it that much easier to do again.
AAPL supports CORVA in distributing this important Action Alert to save our hard earned Green Sticker money that is so desperately needed for trail work and mitigation efforts. Given California's financial crisis, it may be years before we see these funds replaced, if ever!
Part of the Governor’s latest budget proposal is a $90M loan from the OHV Trust Fund to help balance the state budget!
Although we understand that the state is in the grip of the worst budget crisis in history, this loan is not a solution to the problem!
Why? The law requires that this loan must be repaid within 2 years, so all this does is delay a real solution to the budget problem.
Similar tactics have been tried in the past. In recent years the state budget was often balanced by borrowing billions from constitutionally protected trust funds reserved for highway construction and repair of local streets and roads. Local governments united to oppose this borrowing gimmick and the governor and legislature agreed to stay away from borrowing from local government trust funds this year. Unfortunately this commitment does not extend to our OHV Trust Fund.
The governor is proposing an urgency bill that would authorize this loan. This money is our green sticker money that comes directly from the increased cost of green stickers from $25 to $50. This funding was supposed to go to law enforcement and other essential public safety services as well as improving the program. The public agreed to this fee increase to better fund the program, not to bail out the state budget.
What can you do?
It is urgent that OHV users get in touch with their state legislators as soon as possible.
Write or fax a letter to YOUR state senator and state assemblymember.
Tell them to stop borrowing to balance the budget.
Tell them the OHV Trust Fund should not be used to balance the budget
Loans like this are just gimmicks and not a solution to the real problem.
We were willing to raise our fees to be able to keep our program operating, we should not become the scapegoats in this budget battle.
During the last election many legislators signed a promise that they would not use borrowing to balance the budget.
Ask your legislators if they signed a "no borrowing pledge", and ask them if they are going to stand by that promise.
Specific points to make are:
1. Members of the public agreed to a fee increase to support a specific program, but now the revenue generated is being diverted from its intended purpose - a breach of public trust.
2. Borrowing from state funds that must be repaid does not solve the budget problem, it only defers dealing with the problem to a later date when it will be even more difficult to solve.
3. Using a trust fund as a revenue source sets a bad precedent. Trust funds are established up to protect public funds for specific purposes. This could lead to diversion of funds from other trust funds in the future potentially including even entitlement funds.
4. The budget crisis must be resolved through a combination of spending cuts and tax increases, not more borrowing.
FAX or email your letter today!!!
URL to comment to the governor. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger - Interact
Log on to Find Your State Representatives
Enter your home address and then start making calls to your representative.
It is imperative you do this ASAP .
CORVA President, Jim Woods,
CORVA Imidiate Past presidend Ed Waldheim 760 373 0033
CORVA Past president Steve Kuehl.
CERA assistant LAO
California Enduro Riders Association
WHO WE ARE
The California Off Road Vehicle Association (CORVA) is a varied group of outdoor recreationists who are extremely active in promoting the positive aspects of vehicular access on public lands and protecting that right.
The group is composed of the owners of "Green Sticker" vehicles such as ATV's, motorcycles, 3-wheelers, trail bikes, and dune buggies, as well as "street legal" 4X4 vehicles, dual sport motorcycles, bajas, and desert racers.
CORVA's main purpose is to work with the land managers for responsible off-highway vehicular access and recreation opportunities. Secondarily, we educate our membership on the constantly changing rules and regulations and promote clean-up and trail maintenance projects.
we continue to monitor and lobby the powers in Sacramento
Please visit: http://www.corva.org/
Greg Weirick - AAPL President