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Bill to simplify vehicle registrations signed into law

Posted: June 29, 2014 - 8:39pm  |  Updated: June 30, 2014 - 10:50am

WASILLA — Gov. Sean Parnell signed legislation June 20 aimed at simplifying vehicle registration for Alaskans with older cars.

House Bill 19 gives individuals the option to permanently register their personal vehicles that are at least eight years old. It also gives personal trailer owners the option to permanently register their trailers.

Stoltze, R-Chugiak, the bill’s sponsor, said HB 19 would encourage compliance with state vehicle registration laws.

“This is just a simple government bill that makes it easier — less trips to the DMV,” Stoltze said. “It was an expression of, OK, after so many years you’ve paid enough in taxes on the vehicle and it was a value judgment.”

When HB 19 takes effect Jan. 1 2015, Alaskans with qualifying vehicles can choose to pay the $100 biennial state registration fee plus a $25 permanent registration fee, which will cover registration for as long as the vehicle remains under the same ownership. The permanent registration is non-transferable.

Similarly, trailer owners can pay the $30 fee plus a $25 permanent surcharge to register their trailers for as long as they own them.

As a compromise with local governments that draw revenue from motor vehicle registration taxes, Stoltze said boroughs and municipalities can choose to opt in to the plan. The state’s tiered tax plan calls for most personal vehicles owners that qualify for permanent registration to be levied a one-time $16 tax. Those that don’t opt in can continue with current vehicle tax systems.

Many local governments across the state, such as the Municipality of Anchorage, tax such vehicles at a higher rate. In Anchorage and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough a qualifying vehicle owner is taxed $70 for every registration.

The Fairbanks North Star Borough and the City of Fairbanks do not tax vehicle registration.

HB 19 also provides registration fee exemptions for those who are disabled or least 65 years of age on one vehicle.

“(HB 19) is what good government is about,” Parnell remarked before making it law. “It’s about removing barriers and just getting out of your way so you don’t have to worry about paperwork. That’s one of the reasons we’re here to serve you.”


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jford 06/30/14 - 09:58 am
Great idea Stoltze, shift the tax onto someone else.

If this takes effect on the Kenai, $700,000 a year in revenue would have to be accounted for. Either through the loss of services, or a tax shift.

Parnell calls this an example of 'good government'?

Stoltze calls this a 'simple government bill'.

What neither of them tell anyone is what the consequences are.

Typical Republican legislation.

Sounds great, as long as they don't tell you what it will actually mean, as long as they don't tell you what the costs will be, or who is going to pay.

Boot Parnell, boot the Republican majority. They've proven themselves incompetent and this is just another example.

hunteralaska 07/02/14 - 08:17 am
Another Whining Democrat

Vehicle registration used to be $15 dollars. Then it was raised to $85 by a District 7 Republican. Now it's over $100. When it was $15, roads got plowed, repaired, resurfaced as needed, etc. Government decided to raise the registration fee so they can do exactly what every other government in the country does; tax and spend. It isn't a Republican/Democrat thing. It's a we know better how to use your money than you do thing. Just like the administration in Washington DC does. Your whine sounds like you are very familiar with that concept. People like that need to be booted back to where ever they came from so they can get back on the hamster wheel and continue to support big government. In a different State.

jford 07/02/14 - 10:04 am
Wait, a whining democrat is it?

Your story tells of a Republican raising the tax.

Then you say it's not a democrat/republican thing.

But it is, it was a Republican in your story that raised the tax.

So your conclusion that it's not a thing is wrong according to your own story.

I won't bother with attempting to correct all your false assumptions and misconceptions, it's obvious you have nothing of any substance to add to the discussion because you've misrepresented things so badly that it's unlikely you'd ever unravel the mess of your false assumptions and misperceptions.

Suffice it to say, there is help, adult education classes are offered locally. Add that to some reading of non-fiction and you can correct that muddle you're existing in.

Raoulduke 07/02/14 - 07:45 pm
A far distance

I had no idea .The HB19 could,or would be compared to any happening in Washington D.C.. Alaska has been a Republican CONTROLLED state for nigh over 40 years.A state where A Democrat is very fortunate to get elected to any office. So! HB 19 is not a Republican/Democrat thing.It is a Republican majority sponsored Bill. This bill will be losing a great deal of revenue for many parts of this state.So! I ask. Is this a good Bill,or just another piece of revenue losing legislature.One should not forget The $20 billion oil corporate tax break given without any concessions,or guarantees to be received by Alaska.Yep! The folks in Juneau they are sure looking out for the states,and citizen's best interest. Yes! Things can get accomplished in Juneau.Just as long it doesn't hinder the GRAFT,and CORRUPTION.Which seems so overtly practiced. I also suppose it is alright.Just so long it is done by REPUBLICANS Now is this a LIBERAL DEMOCRAT whining,or telling the facts?

hunteralaska 07/03/14 - 09:13 am

Let's just keep taxing everyone more and more. Never lower a tax so people can save some of their income for the future, pay rent, or buy food for their family. Lets get as many on the dole as possible so those on the hamster wheel can't quit without severe consequences to the subjects.

Wrap yourselves up in self righteous ideology. Share the wealth so no one ever gets beyond what big government thinks is appropriate. Be a part of the Obama plan.

Ronald Regan said it pretty well I think:
Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.

Get a grip. Oh wait, you're in the line with the others who are eager to hand their money over to government. Never mind.

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