California “Liberates” OHV Funds for Non-OHV Purposes

06/04/2012 @ 12:06 pm, by Jensen Beeler13 COMMENTS

California Liberates OHV Funds for Non OHV Purposes piggy bank 635x542

Despite being the eighth largest in the world, California is fairly upside-down when it comes to the state’s balance sheet. Looking for places to make up the difference, California has had to make some hard choices with its budgets and cash reserves.

One such choice of course has an effect on our dirt-loving two-wheeled brethren. With roughly $60 million in the Off-Highway Vehicles Trust Fund sitting on the books, the California State Assembly Budget Sub-Committee could not help but vote for a transfer of $31 million from the OHV fund to use for in non-OHV programs. Yay.

With OHV fees being collected under the auspices that the money collected would go back into off-highway programs, the largest issue at stake in California is the unintended usage of ear-marked funds. For motorcyclists, the reality is that the loss of funds will affect riding areas like Mendocino and Six Rivers National Forests, the BLM Cow Mountain Recreation near Ukiah, and the BLM Samoa Dunes Recreation Area near Eureka.

What will be interesting to see is whether the move by California’s legislature will set a precedent that sees the OHV fund becoming a regular piggybank to be raided, or if this piggy will only be cracked open once (we’ll give you two guesses on that, but you need only one). What is also worrying is the massive amount being taken out of the fund, and how greatly that will impact the intended uses of the OHV fund.

Source: DealerNews

Comment:

  1. ZeitgeistXiii says:

    They have done this for over twenty years going back to the late 80s when the “crisis” of mismanagement happened then too. No guesses needed the state takes what it wants and a FU you cant do a thing. History repeats itself again.

  2. MikeD says:

    Well…what else is new ? Is cool, the lambs can’t decide…so we let the wolves do as they please…for us.

  3. JRl says:

    If you don’t spend it, they’ll take it…

  4. Grant Madden says:

    So the governor needs a new car?Guess who is going to pay for it.They will say its for the state but you know that the men in charge wont chip in to pay when they can rip off the populace so easily.Sounds like your political representation has gone and left you all in the crap as usual.So much for democracy.
    Civil rights right?Na just the usual crap.

  5. Keith says:

    So glad I don’t live in the cess pit known as california…who need them? Well, not the ones from teh western half of the state.

  6. Spamtasticus says:

    Bastards did that to us here in FL. I have been paying for titles on my red sticker motocross bikes for almost a decade and none of that suposed off road riding trail money has been spent on trails.

  7. Richard Gozinya says:

    @Keith

    That has to be the dumbest thing I’ve read this week. California is the nation’s leading industrial state, is a net exporter of federal tax dollars (Gives more money than it gets back), essentially subsidizing states like Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas and Texas. There’s also that whole Silicon Valley thing, basically the reason you’re able to post comments on blogs and look at porn.

    Then there’s that whole year round riding weather, with some of the most fun backroads in the nation thing, but who would ever want that?

  8. California also produces a large portion of the USA’s food, and then there’s that whole Hollywood thing…

  9. Mike says:

    Dear Governor and Past Attorney General Brown:

    This is outrageous!!! The portion of the so called “gas tax” that this being stolen is in fact all that remains of a bastardized version of what was originally a road tax and the theft is a clear demonstration of TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION!!! Furthermore it is totally unfair that the OHMVR trust is the only user/gas tax funded program being ripped off!!!

    Funding from OHVMR grants assures that it is California’s off-roaders themselves that pay for the services of law enforcement agencies in policing this popular and growing recreational activity and through the OHMVR Commission, off-roaders make possible our State Vehicular Recreation Areas. SVRAs, like any well managed park, provide the general public with a variety of recreational opportunities, related facilities and services but they provide us a place for regulated off-roading as well.

    Gutting the off-road fund makes no economic sense, none! And it will threaten any continued support of the program by its taxpaying participants.

    As a CALIFORNIA TAX PAYER I ask you to stop this ill-conceived plan.

    Mike Hawkins

  10. Gritboy says:

    Con job as usual. It’s a you payee… we takey world in CA.

  11. Tom says:

    California’s budget woes are the fault of the people themselves. You people voted to make the situation this way and the politicians or both parties have to work within the mindless tax/referendum system that the people created. Good job Californians for creating a system where it is wrong to blame the politicians.

  12. diogenes says:

    Tom,

    Nice, blame the victims. Motorcyclists, especially those who ride off-road are in the minority in this state. We suffer at the hands of the of liberals, who vote for the ecologist misanthropes (people haters). You missed this in U.S. history 101, it’s called the tyranny of the majority. Unfortunately, the bill of rights wasn’t written to guarantee that taxation could not be levied against the populace. That argument was lost during the Whiskey rebellion, which happened before California existed as a U.S. state.

    Not our fault Bozo.

  13. robin st. denis says:

    At this point it becomes pure extortion,The green sticker fund which did not always exist,Becomes a tax for one group of people that have no say.Which leads to the larger question of weather this can be fixed within the current system?Since all we can do is vote and write to our reps. that don,t seem to represent us.