boaters this year (for 2014) are required to pay a fee for Zebra mussels. This is $16 which is not that much. But its added tax and I am not fond of taxes
. There is an exemption for boats operating in marine
waters only. Though what is exactly marine
waters is a little fuzzy.
So being somewhat engineerish I went looking for the codes that defined the exemption and the definition of marine waters
The exemption to the new fee is part of Assembly Bill 2443, listed in chapter 485, article 1.3, section 675. a.3 (e). which reads as follows: (e)*The fee established by this section shall not apply to vessels that are used exclusively in marine waters.
Now the definition of marine waters (which is a legal
term) is listed under california
resource code 72410 which defines marine waters as follows:
California resourse code 72410
(g) "Marine waters of the state" means waters within the area
bounded by the mean high tide line to the three-mile state waters
limit, from the Oregon
border to the Mexican border.
In laymans terms any body of water
with tidal flow is marine waters out to the 3 mile limit. For northern California this includes parts
of the California delta
, which are tidal.
Hopefully this clears up what exactly is marina waters and if you can claim an exemption, for those paying their taxes
this week or next.
To claim the exemption, just check the marine waters only box on the DMV registration
Bill and deduct $16 from the bill. Oddly enough even the fine folks at the DMV were not clear on how someone was to claim the exemption. Least the one I went too.
Oh here is a link to a ca dot PDF with a graphic defining mean high water
line / limit. This is for surveyors, but has a nice sketch of limits to high water. http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/row/landsur...orkbook/14.pdf
And a link to AB2443
and a link to Ca legal