by: CHRISTOPHER TORRICK
Living in the back country of San Diego County certainly has its advantages. I don't know about you but when the subject of living in Alpine comes up with somebeody who lives in San Diego you'll normally hear "that's so far away". When I hear that I'm normally smiling inside and thinking "just far enough".
This morning we received email from the ALPINE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE forwarding information from the SAN DIEGO BUSINESS COALITION. It's information that should concern all of us living in the back country of San Diego County.
SANDAG is working on a proposal for a vehicle mileage tax that would help fund and expand public transportation in the county. What would this look like in real life terms? We're not really sure at this point but I would guess that our mileage would be checked when we renew plates and the fee would be added to our registration fees. As if they aren't expensive enough already.
Whatever form this takes it will be important that the residents of the back country and San Diego County in general contact your represenatives and let them know how we feel about this tax. San Diego County could end up being a Guinea Pig for for a statewide mileage tax.
Do we really need another tax in California?
We are supplying this link below so that you may connect with your reps directly. A sample letter is provided but I suggest that you take some time and think about how this will effect your family or business on a day to day basis. Representatives will need that information to fight the good fight.
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2 Comments on this post:
My husband and I moved to Pine Valley almost 40 years ago for a less structured and more peaceful environment to raise our family. Our grown kids would like to do the same, but tax hungry CA just can’t seem to get it right. Right what’s wrong in this beautiful state (homelessness, violence, boarder issues, schools. . . ) before you continue these ridiculous tax grabs like downtown bike lanes and mileage use taxes. Honestly, you should have more important issues on your agenda. Lots of us backcountry residents choose a quieter type of lifestyle and shouldn’t be penalized for it.
I’ve been living up here for 47 years. Worked very hard, built my own house and still drive to town to go to work every day. Now they want to punish me for my decision to live in peace and quiet. This global warming thing has become a religion and the don’t care about your life or traditions only your carbon footprint.