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NMTA - Meet Your Elected Officials!

December 16, 2010
Kirkland Public Library, Kirkland, WA


Boaters, meet your elected officials!

Tell them what’s important to you as a boater

Hear the priorities for next year’s legislative session



What:                   The Northwest Marine Trade Association (NMTA) invites all boaters and constituents from the 41st and 45th legislative districts to meet your elected officials, discuss what’s important to you as a boater, and hear from the NMTA about their legislative priorities and how they’re representing boaters in Olympia.


Meet newly-elected Senator Litzow, Representatives Clibborn and Springer and staff from the NMTA.


When:                  Thursday, December 16, 2010, 6:30-8:30 pm


Where:            Kirkland Public Library

308 Kirkland Ave
Kirkland, WA 98033-6221                   Map: http://tinyurl.com/2bxf9v7

Cost:                     Free. Complimentary beverages and snacks provided

Who:                     The NMTA is the country's oldest regional marine association and one of the most active. It was founded in 1947 to fight a proposed special tax on boaters, and has continued to represent and advocate tirelessly for the interests of boaters in the intervening 63 years.  In addition to putting on the Seattle Boat Show every year, the NMTA Government Affairs Program advocates on behalf of the recreational boating industry and lobbies the legislature in support of boating.


Priorities for next year’s legislative session (as reported in Three Sheets Northwest) include:


Recreation and Resource Account (RRA) - The RRA is a dedicated account aimed at improving boating access throughout the state. Funds from the account have been used for items such as installing boat ramps and improving bathrooms. During the 2009-2010 legislative session, the legislature swept $9 million from the RRA to the state’s general fund.


Trade-in allowance – Legislators have proposed getting rid of the deduction that allows boaters to offset the value of their trade-in boat when they purchase a new boat. The bill associated with those efforts did not pass last year, but could come up again next session.


Sales tax cap – In Florida, sales and use tax for vessels is capped at $18,000. The cap is low enough to entice boat owners to homeport in Florida and pay the tax instead of registering their vessels in tax-haven states and countries. The NMTA wants to see a similar measure adopted in Washington to encourage more vessels to homeport here.


Cruising permit – Vessels cruising in Washington state are subject to a tax of almost 10 percent of their value unless owners obtain six-month or one-year cruising permits. The policy discourages yacht owners from staying in Washington waters and prompts them to keep their boats in Oregon or British Columbia.


Other issues include: the stormwater runoff treatment permitting process; a new tax on dry boat storage facilities: excise taxes applied to sales of boats (but not RVs and off-road vehicles): phasing out copper-based bottom paint: restoring funding to the state Boaters Activity Account:  piloting requirements for visiting yachts: and establishing a state Office of Boating, among others.


Contact:               Peter Schrappen 

                                NMTA  Director of Government Relations