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RE: Proposed Va. Beach boat tax increase

Virginia Beach eliminated the boat tax as a tool to attract boaters back to the local marinas and gained an overall net increase in revenue through expenditures for vessels, fuel, dockage, equipment and repairs in the city. Now that positive results have taken place and the marinas and supporting businesses have prospered, it would be unethical to reinstate a boat tax.

City Council and other leaders of the City need to realize that if taxed, boaters will leave the city limits and relocate their vessels as history has proven. Local businesses will lose the associated revenue, and many will be forced to close. A significant number of businesses are dependent on owners of large boats that perform maintenance, improve rigging, upgrade propulsion and electronics systems over the winter, as well as during the normal summer boating season.

Simply put levy a boat tax, and folks will take their boats and the revenue to another lesser taxed city. They will not be here to purchase food, clothing, shelter, as well as purchase fuel and new equipment from local businesses.

The boating industry is already in a slump due to the general economy, coupled with increased fuel prices. New and used boat sales are down, repairs to boats are down and boating supply stores have seen substantially lower sales thus far in 2007's spring season. The proposed tax will even further devastate the marine business.

Overall, a short term gain, will be a substantial long term loss. Even if the taxes were again, quickly repealed, it would take years from which to recoup, if and when the boaters returned to Virginia Beach.

Please be responsible to the citizens and the well being of the City, and eliminate any possibility of taxing watercraft in the coastal city of Virginia Beach now or in the future.

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Latest Signatures

  • 27 December 2015250. Tom J
    No more taxes on boaters!!!!!
  • 24 December 2015249. David Hw
    Any increase in revenue should provide targeted improvements in boating facilities, not just applied to the general fund.
  • 22 December 2015248. Diane S
    I support this petition
  • 10 December 2015247. Jerome An
    I support this petition
  • 16 November 2015246. Jeffrey F
    I support this petition
  • 06 November 2015245. Robert D
    Increasing boat tax will remove money from the economy in the long run. Trust me.
  • 02 November 2015244. Joe L
    Historically, boater's will take their boats to a tax friendly location. When I bought my first boat in 1983, I felt forced to relocate it to a very inconvient location due to the local taxes where I preferred to keep it. Once that city dropped it's tax o
  • 19 October 2015243. Charles Mp
    Stop wasting our tax money, there is more than enough to find spoil sites and do expaneded dredging
  • 11 October 2015242. Amy Ls
    I support this petition
  • 09 October 2015241. Bill R
    You guy's are killing us! Enough is enough!
  • 15 September 2015240. Joseph Cdobsoni
    I support this petition
  • 04 September 2015239. Chris G
    I support this petition
  • 25 August 2015238. Gina M
    I am a life long VB resident- if this passes it will negate a lot of the $23M windfall from last year with what will be a mass exodus of boats- please , no more tax!!!
  • 25 August 2015237. William P
    I support this petition
  • 10 August 2015236. Bob P
    If you look at sales and fuel taxes generated from boaters, and compare it to the amount you think you will gain from the tax on boats, you maay be surprized. Assume some percentage of the boats go away, then apply that percentage to the related taxes. I'
  • 04 August 2015235. Russell V
    The city is already overtaxing us on our real estate!
  • 29 July 2015234. Al Craigs
    I support this petition
  • 20 June 2015233. John A
    I support this petition
  • 02 June 2015232. Michael W
  • 11 May 2015231. Rick Y
    I support this petition
  • 26 April 2015230. Wally Rv
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  • 19 April 2015229. Amy G
    I support this petition
  • 03 April 2015228. Keith S
    proposed tax increase is excessive. i realize the necessity for change and increases in tax rates but lets be reasonable
  • 30 March 2015227. Joshua S
    I support this petition
  • 26 March 2015226. Paul W
    I support this petition
  • 21 March 2015225. Evan W
    I support this petition
  • 12 February 2015224. Andrew Rp
    I support this petition

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Millie MccarthyBy:
Transport and infrastructureIn:
Petition target:
Virginia Beach Mayor, City Council, and City Manager


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