On Top of Performance Problems,
DMV Caught Diverting Car Tax Funds to General Fund
Local Leaders to Demand Immediate Reforms & Independent Audit
WHAT: Local leaders will gather at local DMV offices Monday to demand that state leaders stop raiding car tax funds collected by the DMV for non-transportation uses and to demand a truly independent audit of all DMV operations. Specifically, the leaders will discuss the following:
· Governor’s DMV Audit Is Not Enough: While the egregious nature of DMV performance problems finally forced the Governor’s hand, the proposed audit does not go nearly far enough. The Yes on Prop 6 campaign’s Replacement Bill filed last week would institute a truly independent Performance and Efficiency Audit of DMV operations at least every 3 years – examining internal management problems, customer service performance standards, and cost efficiency of operations.
· DMV Car Tax Funds Are Being Diverted: According to a recent analysis by the Legislative Analyst’s Office, the DMV is diverting millions in car tax and vehicle fees for non-transportation uses, including Vehicle Weight Fees ($1.1 Billion) and what the LAO cites as $89 million in miscellaneous vehicle revenues.
· Gas Tax Funds Diverted to Cover DMV Operations: The FY18-19 state budget diverts $7.8 million of gas tax funds to cover DMV overhead costs.
WHEN: Monday, October 1, 2018 – 11am
Los Angeles: Roxanne Beckford Hoge (AD-46 Candidate), Dr. Ken Wright (Candidate, CA-33)
Orange County: Young Kim (Candidate, CA-39), Alexandria Coronado (AD-65 Candidate), Fred Whitaker (OCGOP Chair)
– and Yes on 6 Gas Tax Repeal activists and volunteers at each location
WHY: “By voting YES on Prop 6 – Gas Tax Repeal, voters can end the shell game that is going on at the DMV where our existing car tax revenues are being diverted to non-transportation purposes," said Carl DeMaio, chairman of the Yes on 6 Gas Tax Repeal campaign.
Facts about this massive hike:
–Voting Yes on Prop 6 will repeal the car and gas tax, and ensures that any future car and gas taxes must be approved by the voters
–On Nov 1, 2017, Californians became subject to an additional tax of 12.5 cents more per gallon (20 cents more for diesel)
–Estimates suggest it will cost an average family of four $779 or more per family, per year
–The tax also hits business owners who rely on transporting goods, raising the cost of everything from apples to bread, and everything in between
–Vehicle license fees (car tax) will increase as much as $175 a year - striking the wallets of hard-working families across the state
–The tax revenue goes into the state's General Fund, meaning there's zero guarantee the money will be used to actually fund the transportation "fixes" they claim will happen
–Nearly 1 million signatures were collected to qualify the measure on the November ballot; just over 550,000 were required