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    Default California Apiary Assessments Coming Back?

    From Eric Mussens UC Davis May/June newsletter:
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    Apiary Assessments Again?
    With encouragement from the California Department of Food and Agricul-ture, the California State Beekeepers’ Association’s (CSBA) Executive Board requested that the California Apiary Board be brought out of moth balls and back into action.
    The regulations in the California Agriculture Code that formalize the Apiary Board are still on the books. But, when the beekeepers decided to discontinue paying assessments, the Board became inactive.
    Probably the major reason for re-activating the board is to take financial pressure off the CSBA. For many years CSBA has been conducting the business of the association and funding annual research projects on honey bees from its general funds. Much of that revenue is generated from membership dues and the annual convention auction, as well as profits from the Research Luncheon and individual contributions to the Research Fund.
    Pressures on the budget, especially with the need to hire professional assistance 2
    to deal with the seedless citrus problem, have reduced the amount left for funding research to inadequate levels.
    Implementing a colony assessment on ALL colonies that are resident in the state, or are brought into the state for pollination or honey production reasons, could generate a substantial sum of money for research while leaving funds in the CSBA budget to do other essential things.
    The “re-invigoration” is in the “formative” stages. Adjustments would have to be made to at least the sections of regula-tions dealing with the size of assessment fees and the distribution of those fees among the state and county offices, as well as research funding.
    At the time that the assessments ended, beekeepers were being assessed $0.33 per colony. Since that time, all costs have increased, and so has pollination income. It is likely that the new assessment will be considerably higher than when it ended.
    If you have strong feelings about this topic, or if you have ideas for modifying the text of the regulations (which are going to be changed), then contact CSBA President Jackie Park-Burris and share your ideas. Jackie is available at: jackielynn44@aol.com. The text of the applicable regulations can be found in Sections 29020-29028 and 29030.5-29032 of the California Food and Agriculture Code.
    In my e-mail, today (June 9, 2009), I received the official call for candidates to the Board. If you wish to nominate yourself, or someone else to a Board position, or simply desire further information on the Apiary Program and committee vacancies please contact: Gerald Miller at (916) 651-9449.
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    Any comments or further information on this?

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    Default Asessments

    Well as a resident beekeeper I must file a statement of unsecured personal property, location as of Jan 1, ( bees mach, eqpt suplys ) and pay prop tax accordingly. Same thing or additional asessmts/taxs?

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    This is not the property tax. Its an additional assessment on each hive owned or brought into California.So if it was a dollar per hive(wild guess), a 1000 hive outfit gets to pay $1000 per year. They had this years ago, but i dont think it was too popular.Someone is resurrecting it.
    Anyway, the Mussen newsletter was the first I heard of it. Anyone in CSBA who knows?
    Last edited by loggermike; 09-06-2008 at 10:20 PM. Reason: deleted expletives(kidding)

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    Do you want more govt? When they were inpowered before they made so many unpopular decisions that the beeks ran them off. Example; To stop Treak mites, burn the hives. When they saw African bees coming our way, they disbanded the law so they (CDFA) wouldn't be in charge when the Africans got here.

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    It sounds like another Right Wing Conspiracy to me More Goverment more regulation.Since when did the goverment propose a solution.I think it would be another problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kirk-o View Post
    It sounds like another Right Wing Conspiracy to me More Goverment more regulation.Since when did the goverment propose a solution.I think it would be another problem.
    kirkobeeo
    Gee Kirk, you've got that right about more gov being a problem not a solution but how many right wing Republicans are there left in the Commifornia Government these days? Last I checked it was something like 25 Democrats to 15 Republicans in the Kalifornia Senate.

    The Terminator doesn't count because based upon the leg he's signed in recent years he actually caususes with the Democrats.

    This is a result of a general trickle down effect....you know which way the poop runs right?

    Commifornia's Legislature in recent years has voted for all kinds of additional spending programs...I know....its hard to believe that Democrats would DO such a thing Then to try to cover the costs they started to jack up taxes....what happened? Lots of people and some businesses have left Commiefornia for places with a lower tax burden.....end result has been decreasing tax revenues for many years.....I recall reading that in a single month back in 2006 state revenues were down over 650 million dollars.....wow!

    So, now that there's not enough money to go 'round, beeks are going to have to pony up and dig into their pockets whether they want to participate or not.
    Milk Cows Not Taxpayers

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    Default wouldn't be in charge when the Africans got here.

    Quote Originally Posted by jjgbee View Post
    Do you want more govt? When they were inpowered before they made so many unpopular decisions that the beeks ran them off. Example; To stop Treak mites, burn the hives. When they saw African bees coming our way, they disbanded the law so they (CDFA) wouldn't be in charge when the Africans got here.

    Do you meen that you all are that out of date out there?? Them folk have been here a long time now:}:}
    "Life without God is like an unsharpened pencil - it has no point."

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    Hey Tom, Your county registration fee covers the cost of random AFB inspection. The apiary board law was suspended almost 20 years ago. It should not be confused with the Calif. Honey Advisory Board that dealt specificaly with marketing Calif. honey. It was disbanded when Nat. Honey Board started up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J-Bees View Post
    Do you meen that you all are that out of date out there?? Them folk have been here a long time now:}:}
    AHBs have been in MD a long time? How wide spread? Or were you refering to something else?
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