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Wednesday, July 9, 2008

What's Next For Proposed Vehicle Registration Fee?

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.

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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.