Motor Vehicle License Fee Public Hearings Set for May 14 & 21

Anderson Township Trustees will host public hearings May 14 and May 21 to discuss whether Anderson will agree to collect a fee from motor vehicle license renewals of Anderson Township residents.

The Ohio legislature passed a provision in 2019 which provides local governments another source of revenue based on a license fee. Jurisdictions have faced decreased revenues due to the elimination of the estate tax and significant reduction of local government funds since 2011. Those two funds alone brought about $2 million to Anderson Township annually.

The proposal allows for a $5 fee added to each motor vehicle registration renewal. Funds collected from this fee would be retained in the township for purposes of construction, improvement and maintenance of township roadways.

Approximately 45,000 registered motor vehicles are owned by Anderson residents. Early estimates show revenue collected from this fee could be somewhere around $225,000, according to information from Vicky Earhart, township administrator.

"As many know, almost 100 percent of township revenue comes from property tax," said Trustee Chair Josh Gerth. "In an effort to come up with alternative sources of revenue, the board will be considering whether or not to implement this fee. We welcome public comment prior to making a decision."

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