The Harrison City Council has rejected a resolution that would give Kootenai County voters a chance to weigh in on a proposed vehicle registration fee increase.
The fee -- a $24 rise in vehicle registration for 20 years -- would help fund much-needed additional road and highway maintenance in Kootenai County. But unless the Harrison Council reverses its decision, registration fees will likely remain unchanged, 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.
Here's the story from the Coeur d'Alene Press.
So what comes next for the proposed fee? It's back to the Council. KMPO Transportation Planning Engineer Carole Richardson yesterday spoke with Harrison Mayor Josephine Prophet, who said the City Council may be willing to consider the issue again at its' next meeting on August 5. There's also the possibility that County Commissioners could agree to place the issue on the ballot, without the approval of all the cities involved.