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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

The Latest On The Proposed Vehicle Registration Fee

At a special Council Meeting last night, the Harrison City Council reversed its' position and approved a resolution that will give Kootenai County voters a chance to weigh in on a proposed vehicle registration fee increase. At its' last meeting, the Council voted against the resolution.

The Harrison Council approval was needed to get the resolution on the ballot, as an election to increase registration fees must be approved by either a two-thirds majority vote of county commissioners or by written requests from the governing boards of each local highway jurisdiction.

If approved by voters, the $24 rise in vehicle registration for 20 years will help fund road and highway maintenance in Kootenai County.

So what comes next for the proposed fee? We (meaning KMPO) will start immediately working to educate the public on the vehicle registration fee, then voters will get their chance to voice their opinion when it goes on the ballot for the general election in November.

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Kootenai Metropolitan Planning Organization (KMPO) is the Metropolitan Planning Organization for Kootenai County, Idaho. Federal law requires urbanized areas with populations exceeding 50,000 people to have an MPO. KMPO was formed in 2003, to provide coordinated transportation planning within Kootenai county for the public, cities, small towns, the county, the state, transit providers, and the Coeur d'Alene tribe.

KMPO's Board of Directors oversees KMPO for Kootenai County, ID. KMPO's Executive Director and Staff are responsible for day-to-day operational and administrative needs.