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(1) Existing law requires the Director of Finance to make certain adjustments in one of the formulas used in computing the state's obligation under the California Constitution to provide funding for school districts and community college districts so as to ensure that the modifications in property tax revenue allocation requirements that were made by prior enactments do not have a net fiscal impact on school districts or community college districts, or upon the state's funding obligation to those districts.
This bill would additionally specify adjustments on the calculation of the state's constitutional funding obligations that are related to the change in taxes made by this bill.
(2) The Sales and Use Tax Law imposes a tax on retailers measured by the gross receipts from the sale of tangible personal property sold at retail in this state, or on the storage, use, or other consumption in this state of tangible personal property purchased from a retailer for storage, use, or other consumption in this state. Tangible personal property includes motor vehicle fuel, commonly referred to as gasoline, and including aviation gasoline. Existing law, pursuant to Article XIXB of the California Constitution, requires a portion of the revenues from the sales and use tax on the sale of, and the storage, use, or other consumption of, motor vehicle fuel to be deposited in the Transportation Investment Fund to be used for specified highway, local street and road, and mass transportation purposes.
This bill would, on and after July 1, 2010, exempt from those taxes the gross receipts from the sale of, and the storage, use, or other consumption in this state of, motor vehicle fuel, thereby eliminating funding from this revenue source for those transportation programs. This exemption would not apply to local sales and use taxes imposed under the Bradley-Burns Uniform Local Sales and Use Tax Law or transactions and use taxes imposed in accordance with the Transactions and Use Tax Law, and specified state sales and use taxes.
This bill, on or after July 1, 2011, would impose an additional 1.75% tax on the sale of, and the storage, use, or other consumption in this state of, diesel fuel.
(3) The Motor Vehicle Fuel Tax Law and the Diesel Fuel Tax Law each impose a tax at the rate of $0.18 per gallon on the removal, entry, sale, delivery, or specified use of motor vehicle fuel, which is commonly referred to as gasoline, including aviation gasoline, and diesel fuel, respectively, and the Motor Vehicle Fuel Tax Law also imposes a tax at the rate of $0.02 per gallon of aircraft jet fuel sold to a fuel user or used by a dealer. Article XIX of the California Constitution requires state-imposed excise tax revenues from fuel used in motor vehicles upon public streets and highways to be used solely for highway and mass transit guideway purposes.
This bill would increase the rate of tax on motor vehicle fuel of $0.18 per gallon by an additional $0.173 per gallon on and after July 1, 2010, as specified. The bill would impose a floor stock tax equal to $0.173 per gallon for the privilege of storing motor vehicle fuel on July 1, 2010. Beginning with the 2011â€“12 fiscal year, and each fiscal year thereafter, the bill would require the State Board of Equalization to annually adjust the motor vehicle fuel tax rate consistent with the requirement that the estimated revenues from the motor vehicle fuel tax increase shall not exceed the estimated revenues attributable to the exemption from sales and use tax for the sale of, or the storage, use, or other consumption of, motor vehicle fuel, as provided.
This bill would, on July 1, 2011, reduce the rate of tax on diesel fuel from $0.18 per gallon to $0.136 per gallon, subject to adjustment, as specified.
(4) The California Constitution authorizes the Governor to declare a fiscal emergency and to call the Legislature into special session for that purpose. The Governor issued a proclamation declaring a fiscal emergency, and calling a special session for this purpose, on January 8, 2010.
This bill would state that it addresses the fiscal emergency declared by the Governor by proclamation issued on January 8, 2010, pursuant to the California Constitution.
(5) This bill would take effect immediately as a tax levy.