If islanders are perturbed by a proposed new vehicle
registration fee, they didn’t show it Wednesday.
hearing on a resolution creating a charge of up to $20 per
vehicle to support road work drew no attendees to City
Hall on Wednesday evening. The Transportation Benefit District
board — made up of City Council members — did not vote on the
proposed fee. Instead, a vote may come at the district’s Dec. 5
A few islanders have
spoken out for and against car tab fees at past meetings. Some
believe the charge is a fair way to raise money for badly needed
road repairs. Others, including car collectors, say it would unduly
burden households with multiple vehicles.
The city estimates a $20 fee would generate $330,000 each year
for road projects.
The full draft resolution
can be read here.
On the morning after Bremerton overwhelmingly rejected a $30
vehicle licensing fee increase, the Bainbridge City Council decided
to draft a proposed $20 hike.
Unlike the Bremerton proposal, Bainbridge’s fee increase would
not go to a public vote.
What do you think of the proposed car tab fee winding its way
through Bainbridge City Hall? Would the $20 per vehicle per year be
too much of a burden in these hard economic times, or is the annual
$440,000 for roads worth the cost?
Place your vote at the poll on the right side of the screen.
For more on the car tab fee proposal, click
As for our last poll about the future of Strawberry Plant Park,
the final result was close.
57 percent (21 voters) supported the city’s shoreline
restoration and park development plan.
43 percent (16 voters) said the city should leave the shore
as-is and ask for more public input.
If you didn’t catch it, the latest news with the park is that
the city hearing examiner tossed out an appeal of the city’s plan.
To read more on that, click
Councilman Barry Peters is gearing up to formally propose a $20
vehicle fee that could add $440,000 to the city’s street fund.
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