Petition Opposing Kayak Registration in Idaho
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.
We, the undersigned, oppose any attempt by either the Idaho Legislature or Governor Otter to cause registration of self-propelled, non-motorized water craft in Idaho.
We call upon the Idaho Governor and the Idaho Legislature to abandon all plans to register self-propelled, non-motorized watercraft.