Minutes of April 1st Meeting
:Chairman John Bajumpaa called the meeting to orderat 7:55 P.M. The members present introduced themselves, identifying their affiliations with the 4Cs,whether representing a member club or as individual members.
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A motion to accept the minutes of the February 4,2019 meeting as published in the April 2019 issue of The Voice was seconded and passed.
Treasurer John Jarush reported the current bank balances based on income and expenses since January31, 2019. To date, 23 member clubs and 40 individual members have renewed their memberships, and a number of these members contributed a total of $2,090 in donations in addition to their membership dues.
Dave Bajumpaa explained to the group that our greatest legislative concern at present is associated with Senate Bill 431, submitted by Senator Martin Looney, which calls for the repeal of municipal property taxes on motor vehicles and replacing it witha state-level automobile property tax from which the revenue would be partially redistributed to the municipalities in amounts to be determined by the State. Our concern, and Dave provided written testimony for the public hearing to this effect, is that if such a state-wide tax is implemented, we want to be sure that the current $500 assessment limit is preserved in the any new legislation. At present, there has been nothing to indicate that these provisions are in jeopardy, but since the language has yet to be drafted, there is no way to be certain as to what may appear in the proposed legislation. Dave said our plan will be to closely monitor the bill’s progress and, if necessary, call on our membership to contact their representatives to encourage them to preserve the assessment limit. However, since there is no specific language yet, appeals to legislators now on this subject would be premature and is not recommended at this time.Ideally, our efforts to preserve for our interests would be directed towards those who are drafting the proposed language, but we don’t know yet if that is taking place or, if it is, who is writing it. Dave suggested that any of our members with close relationships with their legislators could inquire about this and to let him know if they learn any useful details.Dave also observed, however, that the bill does not appear to have much support from the public for reasons far beyond our limited concern. Public testimony was universally against it at the hearing,and hopefully the legislators will heed these objections.In other legislative developments, member Dave Moyer told us that the concept of HB 6973, which would exempt certain motor vehicles from having todisplay a front license plate, will be incorporated into SB 924. Dave is a constituent of Representative Lavaielle who introduced HB 6973 and has been discussing this with her. Regarding our continuing interest in making it easier to obtain titles for vehicles 20-years old or older, Dave noted that our current plan is to address this with the DMV after the session ends, when we are more likelyto get focused attention on the issue. We have determined that the process can be fixed through administrative changes only without the need for revised legislation.
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Other Business None.
Adjournment:There being no additional business, the Meeting adjourned at 8:50 P.M.
Our next meeting will be Monday, May 6, 2019 at theAthenian Diner Restaurant (dinner at 7:00 p.m
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