Bigrock wrote:The cost of hunting and fishing in Texas continues to rise, little by little. Want to bow hunt? x-tra Want to fish saltwater? x-tra Turkey hunt? mo $ So much has been added over the years, we got used to it, so now it's the super sized combo, just like a damn burger. And they still keep cramming stuff into it. Mo' regulation....not this time.
Hardy wrote:Here are my thoughts.
No tax on human powered watercraft.
However if txwpp gets their way and the lighthouse lakes area becomes off limits to power craft then kayaks become an exclusive user group. By all means they need tx numbers. To help pay for enforcement of course.
Hardy wrote:No, this thread is about taxation on paddle craft. I agree that there should no registration tax on those vessels.
We are weighing in our thoughts on the subject right? Or am I mistaken?
But my belief is subject to change if the state issues "nmz's" and kayaks get PUBLIC waters to our selves. At that time the state has to deal with enforcement and that requires money. Hence there needs to be a tax to pay for enforcement. And the users of that water need to be taxed.
FD Peanut wrote:This topic should be a pandoras box to open. There should be more people out there opposing yet another burden to themselves from the government than the sheep that say "if" or "they will eventually" or any other roll over and take another! They will not if you stand up and say "NO!!". The will eventually and do because too many people just give an opinion as to "when it happens". I am tired of sitting back and keeping to myself as to not offend anybody on these kind of issues. If you are offended by me then great, you are the sheep I am talking about. I am against yet another taking by any government. TPWD is government. Most of what TPWD does in my opinion is good; however, they are government and subject as so. I had to give up hunting because it is getting too expensive. I will fight for fishing to not do the same. Many people who have less than I fish for recreation and for the occasional "luxurious" food on the table they can enjoy. Adding yet another tax and the added headache that accompanies the tax will only help to decline fishing amongst the younger of us. I also own a PB and pay the registration plus taxes for the boat and the trailer, and the truck to pull it, and the gas to put into the truck, and the taxes for the gear, and the launch fees, and the taxes on the tires, and the taxes on the batteries along with all the associated environmental taxes included, etc., etc., etc.. People move to this state to escape the extra taxes annd other renamed taxes (fees anyone?). That is why we still have jobs here. At what point do you say enough is enough with all the taxes and fees. No!!!!! No!!!!! No!!!!!! No!!!!!!!! on registering yaks! I already paid when I bought the thing!
Thanks TKF for a place to express myself on something I love! Freedom (what we have left), and fishing!
Shadow_Fox wrote:I have read this topic from page one to now. A lot of comments get posted over and over again with the same opinion. For me I am against taxing canoes, kayaks, and other human powered vessels (can’t forget about the people that pole or paddle boats). For me when I get dropped into a situation that my higher ups want cleaned up I sit back and look at what’s going on over all. In most cases the basics have gotten out of control and that is what is causing the higher levels to become unstable. I look at it this way, when we are growing up our parents teach us (or should be if they aren’t) how to balance our budgets, to live within our own means. If we can’t they step in and help us making sure that we get the idea, little Johnny if you want that new toy cut the grass earn your own money, save your money, and then go get that new toy. When we become adults we get better at balancing our budgets to cover the basics (food, water, shelter, and so forth) with the nice things in life that we enjoy be it a fishing trip, that pay per view we just really want to watch, a night out on the town with our wives or husbands, taking the kids to the water park just to watch them have fun. Why is it that most (not all) people at a lower level understand this task and can manage to complete the task but higher ups fail to do so. When they can’t balance the budget it is a quick and easy decision to add more taxes, raise the rates of tax, and so forth to get more money. DO you think there would be no back lash if I was to go into the office Monday and tell the boss he has no choice but pay me more money because I can’t balance my budget. I agree that not only the states but the entire government needs a complete and detailed audit with public oversight. From what I have found for myself is that anyone can question what I do with my office funds at any time or any other activity because I do what is right so I don’t mind people getting into my books. Take a good look at what you are spending money on and stop padding your partner’s habits just so you can get reelected next term. I have seen some really outrageous spending on programs or studies that are utterly useless. I can’t remember how many thousands of dollars spent on a study to find out if the “common people” are happier on the week days or weekends. Perhaps instead of adding new rules to the house some time should be spent on looking at all the rules and which ones no longer are working or are causing problems. Get back to the basics and check them. The government however is not the only part of this problem there have been a lot of people abuse the system for their own personal gain, I need to get paid money to sit at home and do nothing, not because I cannot but because I do not want to seems to be a running train of thought. Not only should government be looked at but also ourselves. I will say that the door that makes the most noise gets the grease. If you are truly concerned over this issue or others write your government elects. Use forums like this to back your statements and opinions, but when you do be respectful about it, be professional, and don’t say anything bitter that you might have to swallow later. Just my two cents worth I hope it helps.
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