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Car tab fees in Grandview go into effect in 2012

GRANDVIEW - Starting in 2012 Grandview residents will have to pay an additional $20 to register each of their vehicles.

The car tab fee had been in the works for months, but was officially set in motion last night, Tuesday, when the Grandview City Council convened as the city's transportation benefit district board.

A transportation benefit district is needed under state law before a city can impose car tab fees.

Council held the special meeting last night not only to meet as the board of the new transportation benefit district, but to also elect officers.

That was the only hiccup last night, as after Mayor Norm Childress was named as interim chair of the board city council woman Diana Jennings noted language in transportation board regulations that stipulated it had to be the seven city council members on the board.

Councilman Jesse Palacios was later named chair of the board and mayor pro tem Pam Horner was named vice chair.

Childress said he was fine with not being on the board, yet at the same time noted he would like to serve because of his years of experience working on transportation issues with Benton County.

Grandview's legal staff was asked to further research state law to see if there was a way Childress could be on the board.

The upshot of all this, though, is that the key action taken last night was to enact the $20 annual car tab fee on all vehicles registered within the city of Grandview.

Per state law, the fees will not take effect for six months, which means it will be implemented in time for 2012.

Money received from the fees will be used to improve Grandview's roads, though council may set aside some funds to pay for administrative costs for managing the transportation benefit district program.

Grandview has estimated it will receive about $150,000 each year from the car tab fees.

The Grandview City Council will meet later this summer as the transportation benefit district board in order to sign an agreement with the Department of Licensing, which will collect the fee and remit it back to the city.

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