PROP 21 IN BASIC TERMS:
Prop 21 would increase vehicle license/registration fees by $18 a year to raise about $500 million a year for a "dedicated fund for the state's 278 parks."
PROP 21 SPECIAL NOTES:
- Mobile homes, permanent trailers, and vehicles registered under the Commercial Vehicle Registration Act would be exempt from the added fee.
ARGUMENT FOR A YES ON 21:
- State's parks have a $1 billion deferred maintenance backlog, leading to reduced safety and increased crime in the parks.
- The 80 million visitors come to California's parks every year. It supports jobs and increased tax revenues in local communities.
- "Annual increase to state revenues of $500 million" from the new fee."
"These revenues would provide at least $250 million more annually for state parks and wildlife conservation."
- Funds generated would be "used solely to operate, maintain and repair state parks and to protect wildlife and natural resources." ("85% of the money raised from the new fee would be spent directly on maintaining and operating state parks.")
- The $130 million California currently spends on state parks would go to the state's general fund.
- "Most California vehicles would get free admission and parking at state parks and beaches."
ARGUMENTS FOR A NO ON 21:
- "In a time when jobs and education are of pressing urgency to the California voter, Proposition 21 is an unfortunate and expensive detour."
- This "Ballot is box budgeting. " The "new car tax will allow politicians to play a cynical budget shell game that could still leave our state parks dilapidated while diverting hundreds of millions of dollars into other government programs."
PROP 21 SUMMARY:
Y - On Prop 21 means approving the additional $18 per year vehicle license/registration.
N- On Prop 21 means not approving the additional $18 per year fee.
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