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File #: 64268    Version: 1 Name: Waiving 2021 license and permit fees for Public Passenger Services
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 2/17/2021 In control: Attorney's Office
On agenda: 3/16/2021 Final action: 3/16/2021
Enactment date: 3/22/2021 Enactment #: RES-21-00207
Title: Waiving license and permit fees for Public Passenger Services under Sections 11.06 (4)(a) , 11.06(5)(a) and 11.06(6)(a) of the Madison General Ordinances for the 2021 calendar year due to COVID-19 and other economic hardships
Sponsors: Grant Foster, Syed Abbas, Tag Evers, Nasra Wehelie
Fiscal Note
The proposed resolution would waive license and permit fees for Public Passenger Services through December 31, 2021. Public Passenger Service fees include a license for the business ($1,750 for a 2-year renewal), vehicle fees ($65 per vehicle), and driver's permits ($25 per driver). The anticipated revenue loss from waiving the business and vehicle fees is $5,000 and $11,000 respectively.

Fees from driver's permits averaged $19,000 per year in 2018 and 2019. However, 2020 saw fewer driver's permit applicants with fee revenues around $11,000. Assuming driver's permit application numbers similar to 2020, the estimated revenue loss from waiving all Public Passenger Service fees in 2021 is $27,000. These fees represent a general fund revenue source.

Additionally, the Madison Police Department conducts background checks on applicants for driver's permits, which includes an in-state check and an out-of-state check for any state the applicant has lived. Police is charged $7 for each in-state and out-of-state check. These costs will continue to be incurred to administer the driver's permit applications.

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Waiving license and permit fees for Public Passenger Services under Sections 11.06 (4)(a) , 11.06(5)(a) and 11.06(6)(a) of the Madison General Ordinances for the 2021 calendar year due to COVID-19 and other economic hardships
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WHEREAS, on March 17, 2020, Public Health Madison & Dane County announced that community spread of COVID-19 was occurring in Dane County, with the first confirmed community death being reported on March 25; and,
WHEREAS, on March 24, 2020, the Governor of Wisconsin issued Emergency Order #12 ordering individuals to remain home except for Essential Travel; and,

WHEREAS, as part of the Governor’s Order, all Nonessential Businesses were required to close; and,

WHEREAS, the closure of numerous businesses throughout the City had a significant financial impact on residents, businesses and community organizations; and,...

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