Ohio vehicle registration fees would cost $10 more per year in Gov. DeWine's budget plan
Jackie BorchardtCincinnati EnquirerView CommentsView Comments
The cost of registering your car or truck every year in Ohio would go up under a proposal from Gov. Mike DeWine.
Ohioans would pay $10 more for motor vehicle registration fees and $2 more for the title fee under DeWine's two-year budget plan unveiled Monday.
The registration fee hike would bring in an estimated $127 million each year for the Ohio Department of Public safety, with most of it supporting the State Highway Patrol and some going to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.
Annual registration fees start at $31 for passenger vehicles before a $5 service fee and local taxes, often $20 or more, are applied. Current fees generate about $466 million a year. The original fee was established years ago to make up for a smaller take from the state gas tax, spokeswoman Kristen Castle said, and hasn't been adjusted for inflation.
"Without this additional funding, dramatic and unprecedented reductions in staffing and services would be required overwhelmingly within the patrol," Castle said. "The community and our local, state, and federal partners consider these services critical and have come to rely on them in providing for the safety and security of Ohioans."
The title fee increase from $15 to $17 would generate$9 million a year for the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
Specifically, the increase would help pay for:
- the costs of security and investigations of crimes at the Statehouse, prisons and other state properties;
- policing at the State Fair and Expo Center;
- special details necessitated by civil unrestand
- executive protection for the Governor and visiting dignitaries.
Lawmakers in the Ohio House will vet DeWine's budget proposal and revise it in the coming weeks.View CommentsView Comments