Senate panel approves vehicle registration fee increase

Posted: Thursday, May 08, 2003

JUNEAU (AP) Registering a motor vehicle in Alaska will be a little more expensive under a bill approved by the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday.

The committee signed off on House Bill 170, which raises the registration fee for most classes of vehicles by $10 to $15 a year. It also increases title fees by $10.

The bill, which would raise more than $12 million annually, was introduced at the request of Gov. Frank Murkowski. It is part of a $113 million package of tax and fee bills Murkowski introduced this year aimed at narrowing the gap between spending and revenues.

The bill increases registration fees for cars, trucks and motor homes which are paid every two years to $100.

Biennial registration fees on motorcycles would increase to $60 and the fee for buses would increase to $300.

For motorists, it would be a $32 increase for car and motor home registration fees and a $22 increase for motorcycles and buses. Also increased under the bill are registration fees for taxicabs and semitrailers.

Sens. Con Bunde, R-Anchorage; Lyda Green, R-Wasilla; Ben Stevens, R-Anchorage; and Gary Wilken, R-Fairbanks sent the bill out of committee with a do pass'' recommendation. Sens. Lyman Hoffman, D-Bethel, and Donny Olson, D-Nome, recommended the measure not pass. Sen. Robin Taylor, R-Wrangell, gave no recommendation.

The House approved the measure April 28 by a vote of 23-17. If the Senate approves it without changes, it would then go to the governor for consideration.

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