Visitor impact fees bill moves forward
LIHU‘E — Legislators are considering a bill for a visitor impact fee program that would require all nonresidents ages 15 and up to pay $50 for an annual license to visit state parks, beaches, forests, hiking trails, and other natural areas.
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What would be the purpose of a bill like this for charging a fee to a state parks? I’m from another island. Every year I like visiting the north shore of Oahu. Waimea Bay is busy every year. It’s a tourist attraction site every year there over in the north shore. A lot of the tourist that go there enjoy the scenery and the event. Surfing event. Like the Eddie or the Pipeline Masters held in December every year. This would actually create a deterrent factor. Of not visiting. They’ll just not pay or not go. It will work against it. Visiting the north shore. Needed money into our local economy. Bad idea all the way.
Great idea ! But once again the State is naive to believe that visitors will do the right thing. Without a plan for visible and consistent enforcement tourists won’t bother to pay the fee.
We bought a condo at a resort in Kapa’a in 2001. We periodically rent it out when we are off island. The property tax rate for the vacation rental is $9.85 per $1000 net assessed valuation. The residential rate is $6.05. We pay approximately 62% higher property taxes than the residential individuals.
We feel that the property tax we pay should allow us to use the parks without having to pay an additional fee. Part of the property tax money already goes to the Kauai Park & Recreation Improvement & Maintenance Fund.
If this bill passes, we are being unfairly double taxed.
What a horrible idea. But a great April Fool’s Day joke!
This will die in the courts.
A tax by any other name is still a tax. All fees that we have to pay are just another form of taxes. Our government is just careful not to use the word “tax”. This way they can keep adding more taxes without us thinking that we are overtaxed.