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No comments, no vote on Bainbridge car tab fee

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

If islanders are perturbed by a proposed new vehicle registration fee, they didn’t show it Wednesday.

A 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 meeting.

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.

Bainbridge considering car tab fee

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

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.

Read more here.

New poll: Would you support a $20 car tab fee?

Monday, August 10th, 2009

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 here.

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 here.

City considering a $20 car tab fee

Friday, July 17th, 2009

Councilman Barry Peters is gearing up to formally propose a $20 vehicle fee that could add $440,000 to the city’s street fund.

Read my story here.

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