Mon, Mar 15, 2004
Issue: Aircraft Registration Tax
Ohio flyers say it's
just not fair -- a clause in the state's 2004-2005 General Revenue
Budget Bill (HB 95) passed last year by the Ohio 125th General
Assembly. The bill changed the Ohio state aircraft registration
license tax to $100.00 dollars per aircraft, regardless of the
plane's size. Prior to this bill aircraft registration was based on
a per-seat fee of $3.00.
Several EAA members in the state voiced their concern that a
small single seat aircraft like an Preceptor N-3 Pup, a Rans S-14
Airaile, a Mooney Mite or a Pitts Special would pay the same
registration fee as a 18 seat Gulfstream G550. EAA agrees that the
fee modification is not equitable.
After talks between the Ohio DOT and EAA members in the state,
that alternate language has now been submitted to the Ohio
legislature. It would change the appropriate section of the budget
bill. Such a change would create what EAA lobbyists say is a more
equitable registration fee of $15.00 per-seat.
Here's the rub: The EAA says the new language hasn't made it
into the Capital Bill (the legislative tool for making this type of
technical change). The reason? Lack of support.
So now, the EAA wants members to call or e-mail local state
representatives and ask them to support the state DOT Aviation
departments request to add to the Capitol Bill the Section 4561.18
change which would modify the aircraft registration fee from $100
per aircraft to $15.00 per-seat.
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