Existing law, beyond the sales and use tax rate generally applicable, imposes an additional sales and use tax on diesel fuel at the rate of 1.75%, subject to certain exemptions, and provides for the net revenues collected from the additional tax to transferred to the Public Transportation Account. Existing law continuously appropriates these revenues to the Controller, for allocation by formula to transportation agencies for public transit purposes. This bill, as of July 1, 2016, would increase the additional sales and use tax rate on diesel fuel to 5.25%. By increasing the revenues deposited in a continuously appropriated fund, the bill would thereby make an appropriation. The bill would restrict expenditures of revenues from the July 1, 2016, increase in the sales and use tax on diesel fuel to transit capital purposes and certain transit services. The bill would require an existing required audit of transit operator finances to verify that these new revenues have been expended in conformance with these specific restrictions and all other generally applicable requirements. Existing law requires the State Board of Equalization to annually modify the diesel excise tax rate on a going-forward basis to account for increases in the sales and use tax on diesel and maintain revenue neutrality, as specified. This bill would provide that the increase in the additional sales and use tax on diesel fuel imposed by the bill shall not be considered by the board in its annual modification of the diesel excise tax rate. This bill would include a change in state statute that would result in a taxpayer paying a higher tax within the meaning of Section 3 of Article XIIIA of the California Constitution, and thus would require for passage the approval of 23 of the membership of each house of the Legislature.
From committee: Do pass as amended and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 9. Noes 2. Page 57.) (September 1).
Set for hearing September 1.
Introduced. Read first time. Referred to Com. on T. & I.D.
|Bill Text Versions||Format|
|07/16/15 - Introduced|
|09/03/15 - Amended Senate|
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