CSAC Bulletin Article

Housing, Land Use and Transportation


SB 1183 (DeSaulnier) – Support if Amended
As amended on March 24, 2014

SB 1183, by Senator Mark DeSaulnier, would authorize a city, county, or regional park district to impose, as a special tax, a point of sale tax on new bicycles, with the rate of the tax to be determined by the local agency. The bill would exclude from the tax bicycles with wheels of 20 inches or less in diameter. The bill would require the State Board of Equalization to collect the bicycle tax in a manner similar to the collection of local transactions and use taxes, and to transmit the net revenues from the tax to the local agency. The bill would require the local agency to use bicycle tax revenues for improvements to paved and natural surface trails, including existing and new trails, and for associated maintenance purposes.

CSAC has indicated its support for this measure, provided that it is amended to provide additional flexibility in the types of bikeway construction, improvement and maintenance that the can be financed with the tax revenue. Specifically, any bikeway included in an adopted plan which complies with the requirements of the Bicycle Transportation Act should be eligible for funding. SB 1183 has been set for hearing before the Senate Governance and Finance Committee on April 24.

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