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File #: 52042    Version: 1 Name: Motor vehicle registration fee
Type: Ordinance Status: Filed
File created: 6/11/2018 In control: EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES COMMISSION
On agenda: 9/4/2018 Final action: 9/4/2018
Enactment date: Enactment #:
Title: Creating Sec. 12.177 of the Madison General Ordinances to establish a City of Madison motor vehicle registration fee.
Sponsors: Paul R. Soglin
Attachments: 1. Motor Vehicle Registration Fee Fact Shet, 2. 2018-07-31 Vehicle Registration Fee Power Point, 3. Local Vehicle Registration Fee Comprehensive_8.7.2018.pdf
Date Ver.Action ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsWatch
9/4/20181 COMMON COUNCIL Place On File Without PrejudicePass Action details Meeting details Not available
8/13/20181 FINANCE COMMITTEE RECOMMEND TO COUNCIL TO PLACE ON FILE WITHOUT PREJUDICE -REPORT OF OFFICERPass Action details Meeting details Not available
8/9/20181 EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES COMMISSION    Action details Meeting details Not available
8/7/20181 COMMON COUNCIL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Return to Lead with the Following Recommendation(s)Fail Action details Meeting details Not available
7/31/20181 TRANSPORTATION POLICY AND PLANNING BOARD Return to Lead with the Following Recommendation(s)Pass Action details Meeting details Not available
7/12/20181 EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES COMMISSION    Action details Meeting details Not available
7/11/20181 PUBLIC SAFETY REVIEW COMMITTEE Return to Lead with the Following Recommendation(s)  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/19/20181 FINANCE COMMITTEE Referred  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/19/20181 FINANCE COMMITTEE Referred  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/19/20181 FINANCE COMMITTEE Referred  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/19/20181 FINANCE COMMITTEE Referred  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/19/20181 COMMON COUNCIL ReferPass Action details Meeting details Not available
6/11/20181 Attorney's Office/Approval Group Referred for Introduction  Action details Meeting details Not available
Fiscal Note
This ordinance authorizes a local vehicle registration fee as allowed under state law. A $17 fee is anticipated to raise $3.3 million on an annual basis (based on information from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation that there are approximately 194,000 eligible vehicles registered in the City of Madison). Proceeds from a local vehicle registration fee must be used for transportation purposes. Use of the revenues from a local vehicle registration fee requires appropriation by the Common Council through a resolution (e.g., the budget). The state vehicle registration fee is $75 annually. Dane County recently enacted a local vehicle registration fee of $28, effective October 1, 2018. The County fee applies to all eligible vehicles in the county, including eligible vehicles in the City of Madison. A $17 fee levied by the City of Madison would result in a total vehicle registration fee in the City of $120.

Nineteen municipalities and eight counties in Wisconsin have adopted a local vehicle registration fee. Amounts range from $10 to $30 annually. The state Department of Transportation must receive notice of enactment of a local vehicle registration fee at least three months prior to its effective date. As such, a January 1, 2019, effective date for the fee would require adoption of this ordinance by the Council by its September 4th meeting.

Title
Creating Sec. 12.177 of the Madison General Ordinances to establish a City of Madison motor vehicle registration fee.
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DRAFTER'S ANALYSIS: Wis. Stat. ยง 341.35 authorizes municipalities (and counties) to establish a local motor vehicle registration fee. These fees are collected by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) at the time of vehicle registration or renewal, and are remitted to the municipality within thirty days after the end of the month in which the fee is collected. WisDOT retains an administrative fee (currently $0.17/registration). The revenues from these fees...

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