DMV Approved for Small Rate Hike
DMV, the Department of Motor Vehicles, in Idaho is run under the County Assessor’s office, unlike other areas that have it under the Sheriff, or other, Departments. In Bonner County, the assessor is Jerry Clemens.
According to Clemens, Motor Vehicles is the only department in Bonner County that does not take money from the county, or the state, to operate. All of their expenses are paid through user fees. They also do not make a profit. This keeps fees as low as possible.
A public meeting was scheduled at the County Commissioner’s office today, listed as requesting an increase in DMV fees. This meeting was unexpected for most of the public. Alarms were raised and people got concerned.
Some of the concerns included questioning the fees being raised just two years ago, the raise in gas taxes last year, and more. The public should be concerned, and aware, of what is happening in their county. I applaud them for their diligence.
However, this is one instance of a mountain being made out of a molehill.
Yes, the fees were increased due to an increase in postal rates. The cost of mailing a license plate increased by $0.84 per plate. That is what the USPS charges, and that is all DMV asked for.
Resolution 16-30 was approved today, authorizing the increase of the mailing fees collected by the Bonner County DMV. The mailing fee for a single plate shall increase from $1.90 to $2.74 and the fee on a pair of plates shall increase from $2.60 to $3.34 beginning May 1, 2016.
These additional fees can be avoided if the consumer would like to pick up their plates in person, rather than choosing to have them mailed to their homes.