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#11426677 - 02/20/16 06:11 AM Boat Ramps paid for by tax payers yet you are charged
Easy Fisherman Offline
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Registered: 11/15/07
Posts: 1288
Do you think it's right for the government to build boat ramps on many lakes with tax payers dollars and then allow someone to charge you a fee to use it after , you , the taxpayer has paid to have it built and maintained

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#11426704 - 02/20/16 06:49 AM Re: Boat Ramps paid for by tax payers yet you are charged [Re: Easy Fisherman]
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Registered: 03/08/10
Posts: 2759
Loc: Gonzales, Tx
Actually, yes. Even though it is "double taxation" it also keeps some of the less desirable people away. Saying that, it works only if applied as an entrance fee to the park.
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#11426739 - 02/20/16 07:28 AM Re: Boat Ramps paid for by tax payers yet you are charged [Re: Easy Fisherman]
Rob Lay Offline
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Registered: 02/21/10
Posts: 5103
Loc: Southlake, TX
obviously they're not getting rich off the boat ramps, so their revenue isn't exorbitant for what they offer. if they didn't have a ramp fee, then the taxes for everyone else would be higher and I don't think that would be fair for the 99.99% of payers that don't use the ramp. I'm very Libertarian minded and feel like there needs to be more use fees/taxes vs. general taxes. There is less visibility for the tax base when their payments are being put into one general fund. If there were use taxes then people would have a better idea how well the jurisdiction was spending each dollar and people wouldn't be paying for things they don't use.

I guess current system is a happy medium where the use tax isn't crazy high because it is offset by all the people that don't even use it.
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#11426752 - 02/20/16 07:45 AM Re: Boat Ramps paid for by tax payers yet you are charged [Re: Easy Fisherman]
Fish AKA Jerry Online   content
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Registered: 12/01/05
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Loc: Happy Place
Hush..........you will pizz them off and there will be parking meters put in all the lots.
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#11426787 - 02/20/16 08:21 AM Re: Boat Ramps paid for by tax payers yet you are charged [Re: Easy Fisherman]
Happy Birthday mrbassin Offline
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Registered: 02/08/03
Posts: 394
Loc: Ft Worth, Tx
If you don't like to pay, find a free ramp in the far corners of the lake and hope your car/truck will still be there. But if you own a boat, what's a little ramp fee
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#11426957 - 02/20/16 09:54 AM Re: Boat Ramps paid for by tax payers yet you are charged [Re: Easy Fisherman]
T Bird Online   content
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Registered: 03/07/10
Posts: 3906
Loc: Temple, Texas USA
Of course it's not right; unfortunately, that's way our government operates these days.
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#11426975 - 02/20/16 10:15 AM Re: Boat Ramps paid for by tax payers yet you are charged [Re: Easy Fisherman]
lamoon78 Offline
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Registered: 05/05/10
Posts: 4331
Loc: Livingston Tx
Have no problem with it whats a couple bucks here and there anyway. If its a Corp ramp just buy the yearly pass for 30 bucks and its good at any Corp ramp in the state.

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#11427012 - 02/20/16 10:48 AM Re: Boat Ramps paid for by tax payers yet you are charged [Re: Easy Fisherman]
Bobby Milam Online   content
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Registered: 07/13/14
Posts: 1992
Loc: Arlington
Pay for it then recoup the money. Sounds logical to me. Keep voicing concerns and make it a hit topic and the 95% of tax payers who never use one will put a halt to wasting tax money on a few and then you'll have no ramps to launch on and no complaints

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#11427180 - 02/20/16 01:43 PM Re: Boat Ramps paid for by tax payers yet you are charged [Re: Easy Fisherman]
harvey walker Online   content
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Registered: 01/24/12
Posts: 335
Loc: waco
I am like most I rather pay a little and feel my stuff will be safe. Her in Waco the three free ramps are prime spots for the thieves.
From some of the post I read y'all in the metro area have the same problem. If you are over 62 get a golden age pass for $10. and get in A.C.E. parks free.

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#11427198 - 02/20/16 02:03 PM Re: Boat Ramps paid for by tax payers yet you are charged [Re: Easy Fisherman]
Canino Offline
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Registered: 06/27/06
Posts: 2177
Loc: Mansfield
Originally Posted By: Easy Fisherman
Do you think it's right for the government to build boat ramps on many lakes with tax payers dollars and then allow someone to charge you a fee to use it after , you , the taxpayer has paid to have it built and maintained


State parks are paid for with tax dollars and charge an entry fee. Do you have the same issue with that?

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#11427205 - 02/20/16 02:14 PM Re: Boat Ramps paid for by tax payers yet you are charged [Re: Canino]
fitter2259 Offline
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Registered: 12/29/11
Posts: 4773
Loc: Humble, Texas
Originally Posted By: Canino
Originally Posted By: Easy Fisherman
Do you think it's right for the government to build boat ramps on many lakes with tax payers dollars and then allow someone to charge you a fee to use it after , you , the taxpayer has paid to have it built and maintained


State parks are paid for with tax dollars and charge an entry fee. Do you have the same issue with that?


Toll roads?
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#11427214 - 02/20/16 02:23 PM Re: Boat Ramps paid for by tax payers yet you are charged [Re: Easy Fisherman]
Shaun Lowe Offline
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Registered: 04/20/13
Posts: 209
I guess you could do like the guys I saw this morning. I had three boats pull into the entrance on Monticello in front of me . Only one of the three paid. The other two said they didn't think it was necessary.

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#11427273 - 02/20/16 03:11 PM Re: Boat Ramps paid for by tax payers yet you are charged [Re: Easy Fisherman]
El Skeeter Offline
Angler

Registered: 06/22/12
Posts: 419
Loc: Kissimmee,FL
I don't mind paying ramp fees, as mentioned above, keeps certain people away.
I've seen posts where parking at a free out of the way ramp, the Poster came back to
just ONE tire left on his tandem trailer,trucks vandalized etc.

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#11427311 - 02/20/16 03:50 PM Re: Boat Ramps paid for by tax payers yet you are charged [Re: Easy Fisherman]
LittleGazoo Online   content
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Registered: 10/22/10
Posts: 772
Loc: Big Sandy, TX
Me, I'm just glad I have the ramp. Hopefully in good shape.

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#11427598 - 02/20/16 07:20 PM Re: Boat Ramps paid for by tax payers yet you are charged [Re: Easy Fisherman]
captain-kilroy Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 06/02/13
Posts: 230
Loc: laird hill, texas
has anyone used to corp of engineers pass.i have never heard of the pass, but from what I saw on the net nearly everyramp on every lake is covered.

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