The Good Sam Club, one the nation’s largest campground memberships organizations, is asking its Texas members to fight for the elimination of that state’s new trailer tax.
The effort, launched by Sue Bray, executive director of the Ventura, Calif.-based Good Sam Club, parallels similar calls to action by the Escapees, the Livingston, Texas-based association of full-time Rvers, and two Austin-based industry groups — the Texas Association of Campground Owners and the Texas Recreational Vehicle Association.
Bray is urging Good Sam Club members to contact their Texas representatives electronically, using the club’s website, www.goodsamclub.com.
At issue is Proposition 14, a 12-word measure approved by Texas voters in November that was intended to boost the south Texas economy by creating a property tax exemption for travel trailers and fifth-wheel owners. But the wording legislators used in the proposition had the opposite effect, creating a new school tax that could cost Texas travel trailer and fifth wheel owners up to $1,000 or more each year.
The legislative snafu has prompted Gov. Rick Perry to write a letter to local officials across Texas asking them to consult with their own legal counsel about whether they should refrain from implementing “these unintentional changes” until the legislature clarifies the issue. The Texas legislature is not scheduled to meet again until 2003. The Escapees club has demanded that Perry call a special session of the legislature to correct the error.
More than 161,000 travel trailers were registered across the Lone Star State as of January 2001, according to the Texas Department of Transportation.