My Point of View/By Rolando Larraz
For a moment, I thought I was back in California. I was driving home the other day and I counted nineteen vehicles with California plates, some of them were even trucks that were loaded with working supplies and even what appeared to be construction material; when I stopped at a convenience store, one California-plated van was doing some work inside the store.
Another convenience store that I visit regularly has a big red truck parked in front that seems to belong to an employee and I wonder if all the owners of those vehicles have applied for Nevada plates that could help the revenue of our state.
While the local police take the time to trespass onto private property to give me, a sixty-three-year Las Vegas resident, a ticket for not having a license plate and the municipal court forced me to plead guilty and pay ninety seven dollars for not registering a car that is within MY private property, those California transplants are allowed to navigate freely and without being disturbed by anyone, proudly displaying their original point of departure.
The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles is quick to charge astronomical amounts of money for a license plate that only costs a small percent of the total because ninety percent of the total bill is taxes.
I was surprised to learn about Assembly Bill 483, which passed in the 2019 Nevada Legislature directing the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to gather an odometer reading at the time of any original vehicle registration, registration renewal, or vehicle sale. It is claimed this is a pilot project beginning on October 1 and lasting until December 31 and that there are no fees, taxes or fines associated with the program. The pilot project is intended to help
lawmakers make future decisions on highway funding. Just sit and wait, come December 31 we are going to be hit by a tax amount or you will receive a reminder card for your registration which will read: registration fee, government service tax, supplemental government service tax, technology fee and “Surprise” odometer fee.
The Department of Motor Vehicles further claims that to help reduce the impact, they will use the odometer reading from emissions tests performed in Clark and Washoe counties, which they already do.
Owners must submit odometer readings on all cars, trucks, buses and recreational vehicles of any size or fuel type. The data from odometer readings will be used only to compile reports of total miles driven on our roads and highways for the Nevada Legislature.
The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles news report reads in part, “The Nevada DMV is required to collect mileage data to help plan for future road construction. It’s the law!” Is it the law? The law means to exploit the hard-working, law-abiding citizens as well as to punish the others who are financially well off?
The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles, the city of Las Vegas, the county of Clark, the State of Nevada, the Nevada Power, AKA Nevada Energy, the Regional Transportation Commission, the almighty Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA), Las Vegas Valley Water District, the Clark County School District, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and any other government entity that may exist or may soon come into existence, all sound or look like Bernie Sanders with his communist mentality, or a gimme-gimme-gimme mentality turned into law.
I thought it was said that this is a pilot program running through December 31, now they already state that “It’s the law!”
Those Californians remind me of the many illegal immigrants who come here and want to turn our beautiful city into the city or the country they came from. (I am also an immigrant by the way, but legal, arriving here with visa, passport and a Pan-American Airline boarding pass and ticket.)
It makes me wonder, if the place they came from is so great, why did they come here? The same thing with those coming from another country; if their country is so wonderful and so perfect, why do they come here? If this country is so bad, why did they come here in the first place?
It seems like the state of Nevada is not in need of cash revenue and the city of Las Vegas is not in need of revenue either, but the city is now renting space for revenue; a federal employee, Congresswoman Dina Titus, is generously giving the city of Las Vegas $4,967.60 every month for rental space on the third floor of a city-owned building that the taxpayers have already finished paying for. That is why every morning when I get up I thank God for the opportunity He gives me to wake up and get out of bed, and for the opportunity to live in an almost-free country where I am allowed to write what I want and receive very little retaliation from the government and the politicians that I write about; and I always say, God Bless America!
My name is Rolando Larraz, and as always, I approved this column.
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Rolando Larraz is Editor in Chief of the Las Vegas Tribune. His column appears weekly in this newspaper. To contact Rolando Larraz, email him at: Rlarraz@lasvegastribune.com or at 702-272-4634.
My Point of View/By Rolando Larraz