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tod701 Oct 18th 2017 04:26 PM

Nova funds held hostage

Your Nonhighway and Offroad Vehicle Activities appropriation for the next two years did not happen during the 2017 legislative sessions.

This is the money collected from your ORV permit purchases and from the offroad portion of gas tax revenue.

Thanks to multi-year lobbying efforts by WOHVA and the NMA, the appropriation was to be increased to over 14 million dollars, up from about 9 million just a few years ago.

NOVA funds are a critical funding source for motorized trail based recreation in our state. Currently the NOVA grants that Washington Department of Natural Resources and United States Forest Service land managers count on to keep ORV areas open are all on hold until if and when the NOVA appropriation happens.

The NOVA appropriation was bundled into the massive capital budget legislation. Even though the Legislature held multiple special sessions, they failed to pass the capital budget bill due to a partisan battle over including water rights legislation in the budget language.

The water rights issue is based on a Supreme Court decision that drastically restricted peopleís right to put water wells on their property. While this is an important issue to resolve, it is totally unfair to harm offroad vehicle enthusiasts in the process.

Please tell both of your Washington State House of Representatives members and your Washington State Senator to stop holding your money hostage and make a full NOVA fund appropriation as soon as they start the 2018 legislative session.

If you donít know who they are or how to contact them, go to Legislature Home

Keep an eye on the Washington Off Highway Vehicle Alliance (WOHVA) and Northwest Motorcycle Association (NMA) Facebook pages to stay up to date on this and other important off highway vehicle news.

BarryMcCockener Oct 18th 2017 04:39 PM

Didn’t they do this a few years ago and ended up stealing our funds for something else?

PeteN95 Oct 19th 2017 07:55 AM

Done, thanks, Tod!

unicykle Oct 19th 2017 02:32 PM

and thats how government does it boys and girls.

Mikeames Oct 19th 2017 09:55 PM


Originally Posted by BarryMcCockener (Post 40998)
Didnít they do this a few years ago and ended up stealing our funds for something else?

No, that was more like outright theft of the funds for a purpose they were not intended for.
This whole issue really has nothing to do with NOVA funds...which is kind of Todía point. The issue has nothing to do with NOVA funding, but unfortunately it is resulting in the funds not being accessible.
The issue at hand is a legitimate one and deals with landowners property and water rights, but as usual our elected representatives are witholding all the money (not just NOVA funds) as leverage to fix an unrelated issue. Itís kind of like when they threaten to cut off school or fire and police funding if the ďother sideĒ supports or doesnít support a bill that another side wants or does not want to pass. Typical bait and switch political government BS.
Bottom line is we need to let our government known that weíre pissed and that they need to get back in session and do their damn jobs.
Hope that helps.

tod701 Oct 22nd 2017 06:47 AM


Originally Posted by BarryMcCockener (Post 40998)
Didnít they do this a few years ago and ended up stealing our funds for something else?

In 2009 the Legislature stole two years of ORV funding (about $9.5M) and gave it to State Parks.

The Northwest Motorcycle Association and Washington Off Highway Vehicle Alliance fought it all the way to the State Supreme Court.

Since then they have not messed with those funds and we have successfully gotten the amount increased to over $14M.

Texasl Oct 23rd 2017 06:26 AM

Tod, we need to get some coffee and get our approach dialed in before the session starts.

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