Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau. This bill provides that a county or municipal vehicle registration fee, commonly known as a wheel tax, may be imposed only if approved by a majority of electors voting in a referendum at a regularly scheduled election. Under current law, the governing body of a municipality or county may enact an ordinance imposing an annual flat municipal or county registration fee on all motor vehicles registered in this state which are customarily kept in the municipality or county. The fees collected are required to be used for transportation-related purposes only. Under this bill, a municipality or county that proposes to impose a registration fee is required to hold a referendum at a regularly scheduled election. The registration fee may be imposed only if approved by a majority of the electors who vote in the referendum. Registration fees imposed prior to the effective date of this bill must be approved by a majority of electors voting in a referendum at a regularly scheduled election occurring not later than the first day of the 18th month beginning after the effective date of this bill. For further information see the state and local fiscal estimate, which will be printed as an appendix to this bill.
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Senate Amendment 1 offered by Senator NassFri, Jan 5th 2018
Fiscal estimate receivedTue, Dec 19th 2017
Introduced by Senator Nass; cosponsored by Representatives Schraa, Jacque, R. Brooks, Duchow, Macco, Petersen, Spiros and ThiesfeldtThu, Dec 7th 2017
Read first time and referred to Committee on Economic Development, Commerce and Local GovernmentThu, Dec 7th 2017