2008 Vehicle Registration Fee Ballot Language Statement of Purpose

Eighteen years ago, Ada County voters approved a vehicle registration fee ($20 maximum on a new vehicle, less for an older one). These funds, which are matched with contributions from development impact fees, have brought about needed transportation projects, including the repair and replacement of once-faulty bridges. The fees expire at the end of 2010 unless extended by voters. The ballot measure seeks to reauthorize the fees and to increase the amount to levels needed to reduce traffic congestion and to provide more safe routes to school, sidewalks and bike lanes.

Rate of Vehicle Registration Fees

  1. Each automobile, pickup truck or other motor vehicle having a maximum gross weight not exceeding eight thousand (8,000) pounds, designed for the purpose of carrying passengers, and not used for hire:
    1. Vehicles more than seven (7) years old..........$24
    2. Vehicles three (3) to seven (7) years old.........$36
    3. Vehicles one (1) and two (2) years old............$40
  1. Each motor vehicle, equipped to carry passengers and operate primarily for hire and each school bus, identified in I.C. 49-402(2)..........$16.00
  2. Each motorcycle and terrain vehicle..........$8.00

Length of Time

This annual vehicle registration fee will start January 1, 2009 and will remain in effect twenty (20) calendar years, and the existing 1990 authorization shall be repealed on January 1, 2009.

  1. A YES (APPROVE) vote -  will replace the current Ada County Vehicle Registration Fees with new local vehicle registration fees to be used exclusively for construction projects that provide Safe Routes to School, sidewalks, bike lanes and traffic congestion relief and are under the jurisdiction of the Ada County Highway District.
  2. A NO (DISAPPROVE) vote -  will not replace the current local vehicle registration fees which will expire in 2010, thereby eliminating more than $4 million in annual funding for transportation improvements.

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