York County may join others in adding $5 to vehicle registration fee

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | Jun 6, 2016 2:36 PM

(York) -- York County may be the third midstate county to add a fee to vehicle registrations, with the money getting used to replace bridges.

York County has 95 bridges.

Seventeen are over 100 old and 68 are either in fair, poor or serious condition.

So the county Planning Commission is asking the board of commissioners to approve a five dollar fee for vehicle registrations.

Will Clark, the planning commission's chief of transportation planning, says the need is so great he recommends the fee should stay in place for years.

"I cannot say in the next ten years that we would not be in a position that we would not need this funding. The one thing about this is that this is a pretty static amount," says Clark.

Clark says construction costs will only go up, but the fee will stay the same.

"We went through an evaluation to say is it better to do the $5 fee, is it better to raise the property tax, is it better to do a bonding of services and pay for this later?"

Dauphin and Cumberland counties have similar fees - along with nine other counties in the state.

If approved, the move is expected to raise about $2 million a year in York County.

The commissioners are expected to vote on it at their meeting next week.

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