Vehicle tax for state parks may be on 2010 ballot in California
SACRAMENTO, California: A ballot proposition to increase vehicle license fees by $15/year to fund state parks may be on the November 2010 ballot in California. The measure, if passed, would raise about $400 million a year in a dedicated fund for the state parks.
As of mid-September 2009, the groups supporting such a measure had not yet filed ballot language with the California Secretary of State. The Nature Conservancy, National Audubon Society, Trust for Public Land, Save-the-Redwoods League and others had, however, raised about $1 million and begun their preliminary planning and polling. About 60% of those polled support the measure in a year when state parks are closing or are experiencing deferred maintenance because of the state's budget crisis.
In order to make the 2010 ballot as an initiated state statute, supporters of the measure will have to collect 433,000 signatures of registered voters by mid-April 2010.