Tag fee roll back effective Sept. 1

Published: Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 09:09 AM.

“Beginning September 1, 2014, most people will see an average savings of about $18 to $25 – depending on vehicle type – on their tag registrations and renewals,” said Naker, “While this is good news for some, it’s not for the thousands of motor vehicle owners statewide who have already renewed for two years. The legislation prohibits any refunds for the higher fees paid prior to the September 1 effective date, so  I will be temporarily removing the two-year renewal option offered on the tag renewal notices mailed out each month. This option will still be available if desired, but again, there will be no benefit from the registration fee reduction.”

Holmes County Tax Collector Harry Bell agrees – and added that he and other tax collectors statewide are pleased at the bill’s passage.

“I’m extremely happy the Legislature was able to get this passed and that the citizens are going to get a reduction in the fees they’re having to pay,” said Bell. “When this first took place in 2009, our Association of Tax Collectors was very concerned and expressed disapproval at increasing the fees so dramatically.

Bell also said he hopes this reduction may serve as a gateway for others.

“There are other fees I hope to see reduced, such as the initial registration on a first or additional vehicle tag,” he said. “That fee is around $225, and that’s a big fee. It can be tough to pay that.”

For more information on how the bill affects their vehicle registration, Washington County residents may call Naker at 638-6275, and Holmes County residents may reach Bell at 547-1115.

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