Tag fee hike heads to Oklahoma governor

| 6/3/2003

The Oklahoma Senate approved legislation May 29 that would raise all vehicle tag fees by $2 to keep from furloughing Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers.

The Senate voted 30-12 to approve the fee increase. The measure, which passed the House May 28, now heads to the governor.

If signed into law, the $2 increase will take effect Sept. 1 and end Aug. 30, 2005.

The additional fee is expected to raise $6.6 million a year for the state’s Public Safety Department, The Oklahoman reported.

Of the money generated by the tag increases, $4.5 million would be used to prevent furloughing troopers 23 days each during the next fiscal year. More than $1 million would be used to restore salaries of DPS personnel returning from military duty. Also, nearly $290,000 would be used for increased fuel costs, and $761,000 would pay salaries for last year’s trooper academy graduates.