Denver (AP) Gov. Bill Ritter plans to sign a bill today that will raise vehicle registration fees to pay for bridge and highway repairs.
the governor is set to sign senate bill 108 near a bridge over Interstate 25 in Thornton. The bridge is among 126 rated as poor by state engineers and, at a cost of $19 million, could be among those replaced with the fee money.
The bill phases in the fee hikes over three years. It would ultimately mean an extra $41 a year for owners of passenger cars and SUVs.
Supporters say the measure will create thousands of construction jobs and help the state catch up on maintenance and repairs to highways and bridges. Most Republicans and a few Democrats object, saying it's a bad idea to raise fees during a recession.