THE MICHIGAN SNOWMOBILE TRAIL PERMIT WILL NOT INCREASE
Many of you have called and voiced your opinion about the possibility of the permit increasing to $60. The Michigan legislature has made it very clear that they have also heard you, and will not increase the permit. So where does the money come from to keep the program working to keep your trails safe and smooth.
MSA went to the Capitol on November 30th and presented our program and the need for additional funding to officials in the governor’s office and members of the legislature.
Our state legislature has put $32 million of our tax dollars to the Pure Michigan tourism campaign. These tax dollars are being used to promote tourism in our state. State officials say that they are doing this because of the campaign’s ROI (Return of Investment) of those tax dollars. Statistics from Pure Michigan show that for every $1 spent promoting Michigan through Pure Michigan, $7 comes back to the state in terms of goods and services purchased.
We presented these facts. Out of their own pockets snowmobilers purchase trail permits to fund the snowmobile program. That number is nearly $6 million. The snowmobile program also receives another $2 million from a small return of YOUR gasoline tax. YOU paid this tax. This means that snowmobilers pay $8 million to self-fund the snowmobile program. WE pay to play.
Let’s now take what snowmobilers pay out of pocket and divide that $8 million number into snowmobiling’s economic impact on this state — $500 million.
The ROI this state receives on YOUR investment is $62.50 for every $1 YOU the snowmobiler puts into YOUR sport.
So, for every tax $1 spent by YOU on Pure Michigan, the state sees a ROI of $7. The ROI the state realizes on every dollar YOU the snowmobiler spends is $62.50. The state funds Pure Michigan because it sees an average $7 ROI of every dollar spent, and snowmobiling provides a $62.50 ROI for every dollar WE spend.
Using this analogy of ROI, isn’t it about time that the state puts some tourism dollars into the snowmobile program?
So, with that question we were tasked to back up our needs. That’s where the 10-year budget that MSA and the DNR has just completed came in. We will be able to show them our projections and the needs for the future. We are busy completing the needs for maintenance of bridges and the need for new bridges, culverts and other projects for the maintenance of our trails. We already know the need for equipment replacements, so hopefully with this information the legislature will see the need to invest in a solid ROI for the Michigan Snowmobile Program. Stay tuned the new legislature will start working on the state budget right after the Governor’s office presents his budget requests for the 2017/2018 fiscal year. Stay Tuned!
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Ed Klim talks about FOSPAC! (Friends of Snowmobiling Political Action Committee)