House Committee Backs Car Fee Hikes, Tolling

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Denver (AP) A proposal to raise Colorado’s vehicle registration fees to pay for roads and bridges has passed its first test in the house.

The Transportation and Energy Committee voted 6-5 late Tuesday to back the bill and send it to the appropriations committee.

The measure, Senate Bill 108, would require owners of cars and SUVs to pay an extra $32 this year and $41 next year. The bill would also raise truck fees, impose a $2 daily fee on car rentals and allow tolls on existing roads if surrounding communities support it.

All democrats on the committee voted for the measure, and all republicans voted against it. Committee members on both sides of the issue expressed concern about raising fees during a recession.

The Senate has already backed the bill.

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