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File #: 57669    Version: Name: Establishing a motor vehicle registration fee
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 10/1/2019 In control: Attorney's Office/Approval Group
On agenda: 10/1/2019 Final action: 10/29/2019
Enactment date: 10/29/2019 Enactment #: ORD-19-00074
Title: SUBSTITUTE Creating Sec. 12.177 of the Madison General Ordinances to establish a City of Madison motor vehicle registration fee.
Sponsors: Satya V. Rhodes-Conway
Attachments: 1. Vehicle Registration Fee Memorandum.10.3.19, 2. 2018 vehicle registration fee RESJI analysis.pdf, 3. Version 1, 4. Fact sheet, 5. Special meeting notice to Alders
Fiscal Note
This ordinance authorizes a local vehicle registration fee as allowed under state law. A $40 fee is anticipated to raise $7.9 million annually based on estimates of eligible vehicles registered in the city. 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 (i.e., the budget) and is included as a revenue source for Metro Transit in the 2020 executive operating budget. The state vehicle registration fee is $85 annually. Dane County has a local vehicle registration fee of $28. The County fee applies to all eligible vehicles in the county, including eligible vehicles in the City of Madison. A $40 fee levied by the City of Madison would result in a total vehicle registration fee in the City of $153.
Title
SUBSTITUTE 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. § 341.45 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 may only be used for transportation related purposes. This ordinance shall be effective on March 1, 2020. In order to be effective on this date, this ordinance must be adopted no later than the Council’s November 19, 2019 meeting.
This ordinance shall be effective March 1, 2020.
This substitute was created to revise the effective date to February 1, 2020.
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The Common Council of the City of Madison do hereby...

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