No change here in fees for 2015 motor vehicle registrations
By Elsa Maxey
Recent Commissioners Count action indicates there will be no change to the optional county fees collected in 2015 for motor vehicle registrations in Fort Bend County. Commissioners Court took approval action on the amount of the collection of those fees and will notify the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles in accordance with a state transportation code. The action is required even if there is no change.
The current road & bridge fee is $10 and the child safety fee is $1.50, both of which are the maximum fees allowed. Each year commissioners courts in Texas are required to notify the state agency about their intentions on the collection of the optional fees. Those amounts are added to a motorist’s registration fee collected in each county for vehicles operated in Texas.
The fees are dedicated to the construction and maintenance of public roadways and are paid to the County Tax Assessor Collector’s office, and locally that’s through Patsy Schultz’s office. A report shows most counties in Texas collect either $10 or $11.50, like Fort Bend as their optional fees. Bexar County, however, requires $21.50 in addition to the $54 registration fee, which is the amount paid for most vehicle registrations, and this year El Paso’s optional fee was $20; Hidalgo, Cameron and Webb counties charged $20 extra per vehicle as their county optional registration fees, which includes a charge for transportation projects as authorized by state law.
District 26 State Representative Rick Miller advises constituents that there’s a Texas Transportation Funding Amendment on the November 4th general election ballot as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. If approved by voters, the measure would divert $1.4 billion the first year in oil and gas taxes paid by drilling companies from the Rainy Day Fund to the State Highway Fund. The monies would go towards new construction and repairs and maintenance of roads providing what proponents say would serve as a significant step toward meeting funding needs of transportation projects in Texas…without new taxes, fees or debt.
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