They said it would only tax (i.e. steal from) transient semi-trucks in the TRIC area.
They said it would only be indexed at 3 percent a year.
They said it would sunset in ten years.
What they didn’t say was they were praying for it to make up for the plummeting revenues and the deafening roar of the fabled TRIC money gusher.
We said no.
No Lance. No Jack. No Marshall.
N to the O.
No More Taxes.
Yet here we are, a little over 5 months later and our elected representatives are doing their best impression of a slippery California tax-and-spend taxhole Democrat.
The fuel tax is back. This time it’s different. No longer indexing Gas and Diesel. It is now “up to” Five Cents on diesel only. Without that pesky sunset thing. As in permanent.
Commissioner McBride said this tax is only fair:
We say the way to restore equity is to lower the gas tax 5 cents to match diesel, not raise diesel to match gas.
Jason Van Havel said using the General Fund for road repair isn’t in the spirit and intent of the General Fund Revenues:
What is the spirit of the General Fund? Upward spiraling Salaries and Benefits? Trips to Washington D.C.? Delivering water, dispensing sewer, taking care of kids & elderly at risk and fixing the roads is just about the only thing the spirit of the General Fund should be used for.
The lobbyist representing 5 counties including Storey County suggests this isn’t at all working against the will of the people because the tax is not indexed and it is only for diesel:
She must think we are either not paying attention or we are stupid; Taxation is Taxation is Theft.
Commenting on the neutral position, Cheryl Blomstrom of the Nevada Taxpayers Association takes exception with the notion that this isn’t what the taxpayers overwhelmingly rejected by Nevada Counties that don’t rhyme with Washoe and Clark:
Thank you Cheryl.
Here is Storey County Manager Pat Whitten in his soft shoes from the Storey County Commissioners meeting update email:
SB438, the 5 cent diesel fuel tax bill is still under consideration. Concerns have been expressed by some residents. Note, this bill is not to pass this tax, but to enable local government to consider an “up to” 5 cent tax. It could be 1, 2, or 3 cents. Further, this tax impacts diesel fuel sales only. In Storey County the bulk of diesel fuel is sold in the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center. Washoe and Clark Counties have already established a diesel fuel tax.” (Technically, it’s SB439 and the bill’s text is available here).
And if you believe that the county would keep the tax at “just .01 cents” for the first ten years, my Comstock Mining Inc. stock is still for sale at the 3.00 a share I bought it for…
Nicole Barde chimed in with commentary on her blog:
SB 439. The bill to allow the counties to raise the diesel tax by 5 cents….if they feel like it. Pat Whitten made it a point to clarify the misinformation that was posted on the VCH message board. He clarified that this was NOT a tax hike. That if passed, this would only ALLOW the county commissions to raise the tax…..if they felt like it. But it is not a tax hike. RIGHT..…..just an open door to do it. It’s like giving me a cupcake and telling me that I don’t have to eat it…….RIGHT. Anyway, he said it’s out at TRI and the county residents don’t fuel up there…oh, and all the other counties already have higher fuel taxes………..and oh…..it could be less than a 5 cent hike…it could be 2 or 3 cents……and ….SB 439 is not a tax hike. At no time did he say that the Storey County Commissioners would not enact it.
Did I mention the sun will shine on this tax’s fanny in perpetuity?
Because it will. Until they come sniffing around for more.
If (or is that when) this bill passes, even though we already told them no, our Commissioners can now enable this tax, directly violating our consent. Right after we kicked this tax to the curb it comes back like the Terminator on the hunt for Sarah Conner.
How you like them onions, cupcake?
To quote ol’ H. Dubya “Read My Lips. No New Taxes”
No new taxes. No old taxes. No middle aged taxes. No boomer taxes. No millennial taxes. No toddler taxes. NO newborn taxes. No preemie taxes.
No. More. Taxes.
Please remove your crowbar from of my wallet and the wallets of the truck drivers who deliver our stuff. Again.
If you don’t like them onions, take a moment to let Mr. Whitten know how you feel. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, 775-847-0968.
Better yet stop on by and knock on his door at the courthouse and tell him thestoreyteller.online sent you.
On second thought…
Why am I so dead set against Taxation? Because Taxation is Theft.
Jason Stapleton, libertarian talk show host is paraphrased here discussing bureaucratic government leaches: “You have to fight them every day. Relentlessly. Without mercy. Without rest. Because if you rest for one day, for one minute, they will be at your wallet with a crowbar, drooling as they extract whatever they can to grease their skids. They bloat their salaries, fill their retirement accounts, use the gas cards, run up the cell phone bills, buy computers and fancy desks and lunches and dinners and junkets and vacations and pet projects. They use your money without regard to how much or where it came from. You must not stop fighting for a single second or you will end up penniless.”