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Vehicle registration fees to increase

By Staff | Nov 7, 2008

County treasurer cites changes

Transportation Investment Moves the Economy in the 21st Century legislation, effective Jan. 1, 2009, will increase some fees for motor vehicles in the county treasurer’s office, according to Emmet County Treasurer, Vickie K. Jurrens.

Iowa’s roads and bridges have been deteriorating at a rapid rate. With 114,000 miles of highways, roads and streets and 24,753 bridges, Iowa ranks fifth in the nation in the number of bridges and 13th in miles of roads, but was the 48th worst urban interstate pavement conditions, 35th worst rural interstate pavement conditions, 45th worst primary highway (non-interstate) conditions and 33rd worst percentage of bridges that are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete.

The Time21 fund will begin to address these problems with the goal of funding and additional $200 million annually over the next 20 years to be used only on roads and bridges.

Jan. 1, 2009, registration fees will increase for newly purchased pickup trucks and special trucks. For 2009 new and used pickups less than three tons, the fee will be increased from $65 to $150 per year for vehicles less than seven model years. The pickup trucks older than seven model year fees will gradually be phased down to $50 per year.

2010 model year and beyond pickups that are used for business trade (commercial or agriculture) fee is still $150 for three tons; but when it issued for personal use, it will be assessed registration fees by weight and list price (just like a car).

The weight and list price for cars will be adjusted up so the minimum fee will be $50. Title fees will increase from $15 to $25. Registration fees on all trailers less than 2,000 pounds will increase from $10 to $20 and all trailers more than 2,000 pounds to $30. All travel trailers will go from 20 cents per square foot to 30 cents per square foot.

The fees on vehicles currently owned will not increase but they will take longer to be reduced to the minimum fee of $50 at 12 model years.

The additional funds generated will be used to meet critical road and bridge infrastructure needs over the next 20 years.

Jurrens stated, “December registration renewal noticed have been recently mailed. There may be two options – one for payment before Dec. 31 and one for payment after Jan. 1. Customers are strongly urged to examine their statements – they may wish to renew their registrations before Dec. 31, when fees may increase.”