Car Registration Fee Hike Proposal

By: Jeff Morrow Email
By: Jeff Morrow Email

Governor Bill Ritter is proposing legislation to increase car registration fees in order to to help pay for road and bridge repairs.

The proposal would increase car registration fees an average of $100. Coloradans currently pay an average of $142 for their annual vehicle registration.

The legislation would raise $500 million for road and bridge repairs if passed.

Local State Senator Josh Penry is not in favor of the bill. Penry says, "If you're going to raise people's taxes in Colorado you have an obligation to ask them at the ballot box. It would have a hard time selling. It's not very creative and a lot of states are looking for more creative ways and I think Colorado needs to do the same."

Penry is upset with Governor Ritter over the fact he is not proposing the legislation to the public for a vote. Penry says according to the Tax Payer's Bill of Rights, the governor should abide by that mandate.


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  • by Sandra Location: Grand Junction on Feb 1, 2008 at 09:08 AM
    I am disabled and receive Soc. Sec. to the tune of less than $680.00 a month. I don't run around town burning gas I can't afford to buy. Between rent and utilities and medical expenses not covered by insurance, I spend on the average, less than 25.00/wk. Gov. Ritter obviously doesn't care about the people who, through no fault of their own, live on next to nothing. I worked for years before becoming disabled, and every month it's hard to make ends meet. Where am I going to get $100 for a 1985 car, Gov. Ritter? Take it out of my grocery money? I don't receive food stamps now, nor do I want to. I don't have cable, or a cell phone, nor a gas guzzler of a car. I'm getting weary of politicians who seem to think my money is their to spend because they're not creative enough nor inclined to balance their budget and cut spending. Use the money we already gave you in Ref. C, or has that been spent for something other than it was intended. Maybe out state needs an audit of their finances.
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