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ELECTION 2018:California voters will decide on vehicle tax and fee increase repeal

07/03/2018 9:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

The California Secretary of State has declared the group got the required 585,000 valid signatures to qualify the repeal question for its November 2018 statewide ballot.

Some Republicans say that the tax and fee increases place a lot of strain on middle and lower class residents. They include that past fuel tax earnings have gone for other applications -- a trend they anticipate to continue.

As of Nov. 1, 2017, the new law raised the diesel tax by 20 cents and raised the gasoline tax by 12 cents. Other vehicle fees in the deal moved upwards Jan. 1, for example an increase from 4 percent to 5.75% in sales tax applied to diesel purchases.

Senate Bill 1 passed the Democrat-led statehouse with no vote to spare.

Voters in California this fall will probably get the final word on whether they wish to maintain auto tax and fee increases imposed annually.

The further taxes and fees don't end there. Another 7.5-cent gas tax increase is scheduled to occur in July 2019.

Since last fall, a Republican-led group worked to obtain signatures as part of a ballot initiative to repeal the fee and tax increases.

All fee and tax prices will also be indexed to inflation to allow for gains in future decades.

The Democratic Party has stated the tax and fee increases are necessary to address a $130 billion backlog in deferred in road maintenance. He's defiant about the repeal effort.

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