Kayak Registration in Idaho?!

Petition Opposing Kayak Registration in Idaho

This is crazy! we need your support. I took this from Grant's site
Check it out and help us stop this crazy bill!

Created by Grant Amaral Oct 26, 2007 Uncle Butch
Category: Taxation
Region: Idaho
Target: Idaho State Legislature
Contact Info and Addresses Legislature
Contact Govenor Butch Otter

Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter says boat owners who have to register their vessels are being unfairly singled out to bear the state's boat-related costs, and he wants to discuss extending the burden to others, such as kayakers, canoeists, rafters and even windsurfers.

Otter's form response letter to letters sent by concerned non-motorized boaters states "[i]t is my position that all users of waterways should pay their fair share of the costs of maintaining and improving that resource. I have concerns with the inequity of registration requirements between motorized and non-motorized watercraft...will be meeting with industry representatives to discuss possible changes to Idaho's watercraft registration requirements."

This should be a major cause of concern for kayakers, canoeists and rafters alike - we all know our usuage of state facilities to be NONE.

SUMMARY: This is an unfair tax, impossible to administer, targeting a group of users for something they don't use and already pay for. Non-motorized boat users such as canoeists, kayakers and rafters already pay taxes on the facilities and public lands they use in the form of parking fees along the Payette River that go to the U.S. Forest Service, as well as a $5 per person fee for boaters who float world-famous rapids on the Salmon, Snake and Selway rivers.
The Petition: