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Proposal of a Golf Tax in California is Unfair and Unjust.

Original post made by Sean on Feb 10, 2009

As we begin 2009, a proposal looms in Sacramento that for the first time will tax playing golf in California. This unjust golf tax proposal is a real threat and will become law unless YOU act now. Depending on the county in which you play golf, or hit a bucket of balls, the tax will increase your fees about an extra 10 percent. The Governor's proposal applies to all golf activities. This could include:

* Greens fees on ALL courses in the state
* Driving range fees
* Cart rentals
* Lessons
* Private club memberships and monthly dues, and
* Potentially other golf-related items such as entry to golf tournaments.

Targeting golf is unfair.

* The tax proposal singles out golf for taxation when other sports and recreational activities -- skiing, bowling, tennis, etc. -- are not being similarly taxed.
* Targeting one activity is simply unfair.

For more information please visit:
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Comments (6)

Posted by bel, a resident of Val Vista
on Feb 10, 2009 at 3:11 pm

actualy it wasn't one activity targeted, Veterinary services, furniture and appliance repair, auto repair and Amusement parks were also bundled with the tax.

(Im pretty annoyed with the vet one because the effect it will have on rescues. People who already have trouble covering high vet bills may not be able to afford to take their animal at all.)

In all I think all the tax increases will cause buisness to decrease, and the state will make even less money on taxes.

here is a link to the goverment fact sheet.
Web Link


Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Feb 10, 2009 at 3:49 pm

A use tax on services! Go Governator! Just reinstate the car tax, why don't you? What's next? Tax for babysitters?


Posted by Rescue chick, a resident of Parkside
on Feb 10, 2009 at 9:08 pm

As a board member of an animal shelter, I have a real problem with taxing vet services. We spend at least $50,000 a year for animal care. That would mean $4,375 more in taxes. Do you know how much food, medicine and care that could buy? More to the point, how much it would take away from innocent animals?

Personally, I don't think taxing some services is such a horrible idea, but I do agree it should be even across the board.


Posted by resident, a resident of Downtown
on Feb 11, 2009 at 7:16 am

Get real -- outrage over a tax on golf? The ultimate rich folk passtime? Something that is by no means at all essential? I say tax it more. Essential services should not be taxed, leisure passtimes that are nothing more than ways to use up time should be taxed. Next up would be a tax on TV time. Based on how many hours your idiot box is on, you get taxed. Like maybe ten bucks an hour. Oh right, you only watch the Discovery channel . . . not all the moronic reality shows . . . .


Posted by bel, a resident of Val Vista
on Feb 11, 2009 at 11:13 am

It really seems stupid and careless to bundle animals in with golf and amusement parks.

It says proposal, does anyone know if it was finalized?

I hope it doesn't happen. If it does that they excempt non profit animal rescues from it, things are already tight for them and only getting worse.


Posted by Pete, a resident of Valley Trails
on Feb 11, 2009 at 12:54 pm

Get your facts straight - Golf is more than just a passtime leisure for the rich. There are lots of people who play the sport and are just like you and me. Get yourself out onto the course or the range one of these days before you judge.


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