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Local San Diego leaders ask voters to stop gas tax hike starting next month

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SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The County Board of Supervisors is expecting about $54 million a year, for the next 10 years, from the new gas tax that begins next month.

But that 12-cents-a-gallon hike may have a short life. There will be an initiative on the ballot next year, asking voters to kill it.

If voters keep the tax, the county estimates it will get about $538 million over the 10 years. If the tax is killed, the county gets just one year of the tax.

The repeal effort, by Reform California headed by former City Councilmember Carl DeMaio, filed the initiative papers in September. 584,000 signatures are required to get on the ballot.

"We're gonna kick off the campaign Monday, Nov. 12, but you don't have to wait. You can sign up online now," DeMaio said.

In fact, DeMaio said more than 250,000 Californians have gone online, pledging to sign the petition. He is using the Internet to modernize how citizens are able to use the initiative process.

"Where you identify the people who want to sign a petition weeks or months in advance online and when the petition is ready to circulate you just hit send on the email," DeMaio said.

The initiative — Stop the Car and Gas Tax — got a boost after enough signatures were gathered to recall the Orange County Senator Josh Newman, who was the deciding vote to approve the car and gas tax.

There are likely millions of Californians who oppose these tax increases. We already pay an average of 67 cents per gallon than the national average.

Here's the tax burden in California with the 12-cent hike:

  • 47.3 cents in primary and secondary excise taxes by 2019
  • A 2-cent-a-gallon fee for underground tank storage and a 9-cent sales tax.
    • Total: 58.3 centers per gallon.

Then there's the federal tax: 18.4 cents a gallon. Federal and state taxes combined are 76.7 cents per gallon.

And let's not forget about the vehicle license fee. $25 a year for cars valued less than $5,000: $175 for cars valued at $60,000 or more.

The governor and the legislature passed these increases, but the voters will have the final say next year. 

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