Q I am in favor of raising the vehicle license fee, but will 1 percent be enough? The license fee is a strange beast because the value of a car goes down year-by-year and its fee goes down, too. The only thing preventing the total tax from going down is all the new cars added each year, and I doubt that's enough to keep up with inflation. Proposition 13 has showed us, big time, how much it hurts when the state can't keep up with inflation.
A The proposal to more than double the state vehicle license fee to pay for road and transit maintenance has the Roadshow line smoking, with reaction almost split.
Q I'd rather pay and get quality roads at least equal to those in other states. If you've paid to have your car realigned (I have), then you know the true cost of not maintaining your roads.
A The typical Bay Area driver pays around $700 a year for repairs partially blamed on rough roads.
Q Finally, an increase in license fees is in sight. It is about time. I certainly will vote for it as long as all funds are being used for roads. It will take a long time to undo what Arnold Schwarzenegger did when he slashed the license fee. He did us no favors.
A The measure, which could be on the November 2014 ballot, would raise $3 billion a year for road maintenance, with 25 percent going to cities, 25 percent to counties and 40 percent to state highways. The remaining 10 percent would be earmarked for transit maintenance and vehicle replacement.
Q All interstate highways are federal roads and should be paid with federal dollars, not local tax increases. Every gallon of gas purchased has a federal highway tax on it for maintenance and improvements. Why do we have to have a local vote on this? There are billions of federal dollars for a bullet train to nowhere but none for new highway construction and maintenance.
A Local agencies know they can't depend on Washington riding to our rescue. Four years ago various counties in the Bay Area approved a $10 annual vehicle registration fee on cars. And two years ago San Francisco approved a $248 million bond for repaving its streets.
Q Count me out. Let the state learn how to spend first. Remember the $5 billion cost overrun on the Bay Bridge? ... Sorry, DMV fees are already sky-high. ... I will surely vote against any tax or fee increases. California collects enough money already.
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Q They try to minimize the significance of the increase by calling it 1 percent. It is 1 percentage point of the market value of your vehicle. On a $20,000 car that is a $200 increase in the license renewal fee every year, on a $40,000 car, a $400 annual increase. One percent may sound small, but it is not.
A Let the debate continue.