Oklahoma Senate approved legislation May 29 that would raise all
vehicle tag fees by $2 to keep from furloughing Oklahoma Highway
Senate voted 30-12 to approve the fee increase. The measure, which
passed the House May 28, now heads to the governor.
signed into law, the $2 increase will take effect Sept. 1 and end
Aug. 30, 2005.
additional fee is expected to raise $6.6 million a year for the
state’s Public Safety Department, The Oklahoman reported.
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.