April 6, 2012
Dear Washington BoatU.S. Member:
In Olympia, plans are being made to divert funds that boaters pay for Washington’s boating programs to help balance the state’s budget. We urge you to weigh in on this proposal today!
Background: As part of the larger state budget debate, a proposal to take $2.6 million from the Recreational Resource Account has surfaced. These funds come from state taxes that Washington boaters pay on fuel to support essential boating infrastructure, including public boat ramps and their parking facilities, docks, and mooring buoys.
It is important to note — and the powers-that-be in Olympia need to hear this — that these taxes are in essence voluntary because boaters can request a refund of fuel taxes paid for fuel used in their boats, but few ever do. (For additional information on how to apply for this refund, click here.)
We urge you to contact your state legislators and Governor Gregoire and ask them not to raid this fund. While we recognize Washington State faces significant budget challenges, taking dedicated boater funds that support our state’s $4 billion recreational boating industry, not to mention a time-honored family lifestyle, is not appropriate.
You can easily send that message to your representatives and the Governor byclicking here. We have provided some suggested language but please feel free to cut and paste and use your own words. In fact, sharing what boating means to you and to your family will significantly strengthen your message.
Thank you for being a BoatU.S. Member!