Middletown shortens proposal for extra $5 tax on vehicle registration

Middletown City Council will consider whether it should have a shorter period during which residents will be forced to pay an additional $5 for license plate registration.

Before giving final consideration to the proposal, the council is changing the sunset of the increase from five years to two years. It is projected to raise an additional $235,000 per year for road and street improvement projects. Council will vote on the proposal at its meeting next Tuesday.

Residents currently pay $56 to renew their plates each year, according to the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles. This does not include the additional costs for vanity and personalized plates.

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Middletown already collects a $5 tax as part of that fee, which generates about $235,000 per year, according to a report from Scott Tadych, public works and utilities director.

If the increase is approved by council, the local fee would double the amount of revenues to about $470,000 a year.

The tax is collected by the OBMV when motor vehicle registrations are issued annually then distributed to the counties on a monthly basis. The city requests funds from either Butler or Warren counties when specific projects are planned and constructed.

Council has indicated that street paving is a priority and that the additional revenue would go toward improvements for planning, constructing, reconstructing, improving, maintaining and repairing city streets and roadways. The revenues would also go for improvements to bridges, street lights, signage and pavement markings.

Butler County designates specific streets that are eligible for the funding, while Warren County allows funds to be used on any street within the county.

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