September 16, 2003
Alabama aircraft owners are breathing easier now that a referendum to increase taxes has been voted down. The September 9 ballot would have increased the state's ad valorem tax (a tax based on value) on aircraft.
"Voters made the right decision by defeating this measure," said AOPA Regional Representative Bob Minter. "Tax rates vary locally across Alabama, but changing the tax formula could have been costly for many aircraft owners. For instance, the owner of a $50,000 aircraft in a rural area would have faced as much as a 33-percent increase in taxes over a four-year period."
From its headquarters just outside Washington, D.C., and through its regional representatives' contacts in state houses across the country, AOPA remains committed to keeping the cost of flying affordable.
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