Minutes of August 2nd Meeting
Minutes of August 2nd Meeting:Chairman John Bajumpaa called the meeting to order at 7:37 P.M.
The members present introduced themselves, identifying their affiliations with the 4Cs,whether representing a member club or as individual members.
Previous Meeting Minutes: Dave Bajumpaa made a motion to accept the minutes of the June 7, 2021 meeting as published in the August 2021 issue of The Voice. The motion was seconded by Dexter Crowley and passed unanimously.
Treasurer’s Report: Treasurer John Jarush, presented the balances as of the end of July 2021. A motion to accept the Treasurer’s report was made, seconded and accepted as presented.
Legislative Report: Dave Bajumpaa reported the legislative session ended without passing anything detrimental to automobile hobbyists. Some proposed legislation that would have required emission and decibel level noise testing of motorcycles died on the floor, which while not directly affecting automobile hobbyists, was problematic in the draconian tax measures it would have used for enforcement. This had the potential of setting a precedent for a troubling method of enforcement of DMV rules. Also part of that bill was a modification of the “Passport to the Parks” programbthat charges motorists $5 per car per year to fund State Parks in lieu of parking fees. The change would have limited the fee exposure to owners of multiplebregistered vehicles, limiting the total charged to one vehicle. There was a Senate amendment proposed that removed that Parks fee reduction. Ultimately, the amended bill died as the Senate took no action on it. Another unsuccessful proposal sought to eliminate all property taxes on automobiles while raising the tax assessment on real estate from 70% to 100%,apparently to disguise an increase in those taxes by using a seemingly lower mil rate that would,nevertheless, increase the amount a real property owner would pay to offset the loss of revenue from automobile taxes.SB 159, which sought to allow replica motor vehicles to enjoy the same property tax benefits as do thevehicles they copy, also failed, but discussions reveal that the DMV has been inconsistent in its application of these rules, with some tax assessors even challenging the eligibility of replicas that are actually 20 or more years old from receiving the same consideration as other vehicles that age. (As previously reported, this issue will be included in our planned discussion with the DMV on titling issues)
Other Business None.
Adjournment: There being no further business, the Meeting adjourned at 8:35 P.M
Next Meeting:Our next meeting will be Monday, November 1, 2021at the Athenian Diner Restaurant (dinner at 6:30 p.m,meeting at 7:30 pm).Respectfully submitted,Jim Juhas, Recording Secretary