Sacramento’s City Council has decided that any time an out-of-towner has an accident within Sacrament’s city limits, they will be subject to a “tax” anywhere from $500 to $2500, depending on the circumstances and severity of the accident.
Their explanation is that car accidents directly effect the budgets of accident response teams such as the fire department and helicopter rescue, and according to them Sacramento residents shouldn’t have to foot the tax bill for those services when a visitor has a motor vehicle accident.
Many people consider this new tax purely as a money grabbing tactic to bolster the their county’s recession battered budget. However, many believe that if this is truly what it is, it might be a tactic that will only backfire.
For cities like Sacramento, a large amount of income comes directly through tourism and the money that visitors spend while visiting their city. Thus, with this new measure in place, a visitor may very well have second thoughts when driving into Sacramento city limits means that if they have a car accident, they will have to pay this new large tax directly out of their own pocket. Insurance companies are obligated to reimburse their customers for such taxes, thus visitors will have to carry that financial burden on their own.
This isn’t exactly a “welcome matt” into Sacramento’s struggling city and could easily lead to a substantial decrease in people willing to visit Sacramento under these new terms.