Californians will pay 12 cents more per gallon of motor vehicle fuel now that SB 1 [Beall] was enacted into law on April 28.
A portion of this new tax is attribut¬able to boats, and it will be placed in the State Parks and Recreation Fund together with other funds with the statutory direc¬tion that these funds be used for state parks, off-highway vehicle programs, or boating programs.
The amount of dollars is significant and could be in the range of $60 million per year. This is in addition to the current fuel tax dollars paid by boaters that support the boating related programs and services of the Division of Boating and Waterways, as well as the state Depart¬ment of Parks and Recreation.
Going forward, it will be important to the boating community that:
❱ There be transparency and account¬ability regarding how tax revenues are allocated.
❱ The role of the Division of Boating and Waterways [DBW] and the Boating and Waterways Commission [BWC] be continued and enhanced as the subject matter experts.
❱ The approximately $26 million in boater-generated fuel tax dollars that are currently being appropriated to State Parks are also addressed with the objective of ensuring that these funds are dedicated to programs and services that benefit boaters.
RBOC is also advocating that boater priorities by addressed by these new revenues. Candidate priorities include:
❱ Site specific studies of copper in impaired water bodies utilized by boat¬ers such as Shelter Island Yacht Basin, Marina del Rey, Newport Harbor and others including potentially San Francisco Bay.
❱ Enhancement of tools available to DBW in its efforts to combat invasive species - an example would be decontamination stations.
❱ Boating infrastructure in the future, ranging from launch ramps to aquatic safety centers.
❱ Enhancement of the effective DBW program that is preventing boats being abandoned on the state’s waterways.
❱ Dredging of harbors in waterways utilized by recreational boaters.
❱ Installation of additional vessel pump-out facilities on water bodies used

New State Fuel Tax Increase – what it means for boaters