Senate Bill 5153 Proposes to raid the snowmobile account to the tune of $2,000,000. This could effect non-motorized Snowparks as well.
There is a Senate Ways and Means hearing on the bill Monday Apr 1st afternoon at 3:30 P.M.
Contact your Senator and let them know it is unacceptable to raid the dedicated snowmobile account. Following are several reasons – feel free to add others:
-The raid on the snowmobile account funds will have an adverse effect on recreational safety and local economies that depend on snowmobiling during the winter months.
-This is a breach of the use of the dedicated funding – it is a user pay system. Snowmobilers pay for the program – the State provides no general funds.
-There are no “extra” funds in the account. The program currently has funding to meet only 80% of it’s needs.
-The program is not funded on an estimated revenue basis – It is pay as you go. Snowmobile registration funds collected this year will pay for the snowmobile program next year. Without these funds, trails will not be groomed, law enforcement will not occur, trail heads (sno-parks) will not be plowed. Commitments for next years funds are already in place.
-The impact will be far wider than just snowmobilers, as there are many other users of the groomed trail system and Sno-Parks (trailheads).
-The transfer of funds from the snowmobile account to State Parks preventative maintenance will NOT help State Parks. It will increase administrative costs to terminate contracts already in place that provide winter services – such as snow removal, grooming, law enforcement, sanitation. Many of the contracts are shared services with the winter recreation program (non-motorized) and will adversely affect those users because of a lack of funding. It is basically ‘robbing from Peter to pay Paul’.
– Raiding the snowmobile account sets a bad precedent. Other dedicated accounts will be more vulnerable to these actions.
What you need to do: Do one – or all three.
1. Attend the public hearing on SB 5153, sign in CON; and testify against SB 5153. The public hearing is Monday, April 1 beginning at 3:30 p.m. The Public Hearing is in Hearing Room 4, J.A. Cherberg Building, Olympia, WA and will be packed. Arrive early to sign in.
2. Contact Sen Rolfes (D), Chair of W&Ms (360) 786-7644 and Sen Braun (R) Ranking Minority Member of W&Ms (360) 786-7638 to register your opposition to raiding the snowmobile account. Leave a message.
3. Contact your Senator to oppose SB 5153.
How do you do this?
On your phone:
Visit www.leg.wa.gov. Click on the ‘Menu’ button. Click on ‘Bill Information’. Enter bill number (5153) in search box and click ‘Search’. Click on ‘Comment on this bill’. Enter your info and click ‘verify district’. Click to ‘check’ your Senator (no need to select your Representative at this time). Enter your contact info. Enter your Position; choose ‘OPPOSE’. Then enter a comment; for example comments – see above. Click ‘Send Comment’. That’s it, DONE!
On your computer:
Visit www.leg.wa.gov. Click on ”Bill Information’ on the left menu. Enter bill number (5153) in search box and click ‘Search’. Click on ‘Comment on this bill’ on right side of screen. Enter your info and click ‘verify district’. Click to ‘check’ your Senator (no need to select your Representatives at this time). Enter your contact info. Enter your Position; choose ‘OPPOSE’. Then enter a comment; an example comment is posted below. Click ‘Send Comment’. That’s it, DONE!
Our apologies for the last minute notification; we just learned of this from our lobbyists over the weekend.
Thanks for your support!
WSSA Publicity Secretary