The Emissions Racket - And Response (5)

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Are you tired of trying to find time to drive over to Bonny Oaks, pay
the county to tell you the vehicle you drive has proper emissions? By
doing so, our cars are emitting all the way there and back perhaps
adding more pollution than the inspection can prevent?

How many people live in Georgia just to avoid the Hamilton County
hassle factor?

How much money has this hustle generated Hamilton County?

There is one good thing about it…it created jobs.

Despite that, I would be excited to vote for a candidate that would
repeal the emission inspections hustle. These inspections should be as unpopular as the healthcare law.

What a big government racket…it’s nothing more than a tax. Instead of
paying the inspector…why isn’t there a tax that doesn’t add to our
pollution and take away our time. I keep wondering where the KGB is?
Remember them? It was the Soviet agency responsible for intelligence,
counterintelligence, and internal security.

Georgia is looking better all the time.

Will McDonald

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Will, I agree emissions testing is a farce since so many vehicles come through town that don't have to be tested. However it is a federal requirement of the EPA for Chattanooga to meet air quality standards so there is not much local politicians could do to eliminate it.

As for moving to Georgia to avoid the tax, I would point out that Georgia has an ad valorem tax on cars which is in reality a recurring sales tax that owners are required to pay every year before they renew their registration. And it is much more expensive than the emissions fee. So outside of moving to Marion or Bradley County there is not much we Hamilton County residents can do about the emissions tax.

Doug Jones
North Chattanooga

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Will, move to Georgia and pay the state income tax. Thousands of happy Chattanoogans and millions of Tennesseeans wouldn't mind.

Drew Daugherty

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Doug Jones commented:
"However it is a federal requirement of the EPA for Chattanooga to meet air quality standards."

Are all cities (over x population) in Tennessee (and the U.S.) required by the federal government to be tested for emissions?

Marlene Mackesy

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Hey Will-

I understand your frustration. The extra step is cumbersome and time consuming. Especially when buying a used car from an individual- you have to be careful not to end up with a car requiring repairs before it can be registered.

Emissions testing is a program implemented by the state of Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Division of Air Pollution Control to reduce ozone air pollution. Hamilton County receives no money from these inspections.

The ten bucks for the test is not a tax per se. It’s more of an expense in operating an automobile and breathing cleaner air.

When the Hamilton County Clerk (my dad) first heard from the state about the impending program, he did “hustle” to work out a system to allow instant access to test results. This prevents a bogdown with internet renewals.

Actually, there are more counties in Georgia (13) with emissions testing than in Tennessee (7).

Alan Knowles

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Oh, come on people, if it is a state mandate, or a federal mandate, then why is it not required of everyone? It is obvious that it was a choice of Hamilton County to enact this inspection. This is evident in the fact that none of the surrounding counties have done so. I am a little tired of being told, “We have to do this.” Storm water fees, emissions testing, etc. Every time property taxes go up, it’s for the schools, same old song and dance, more, more, more.

Jim Dunn

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