Oklahoma governor OKs tag fee hike

| 6/13/2003

A bill to raise all vehicle tag fees by $2 to keep from furloughing Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers has been signed into law.

The additional fee is expected to raise $6.6 million a year to offset furloughing troopers 23 days each in the fiscal year, The Oklahoman reported.

The push for the increase accelerated in May after the state Department of Public Safety learned its budget would be cut 5 percent.

In April, Public Safety Commissioner Bob Ricks told a Senate subcommittee the agency would have to furlough troopers and other employees if its budget were cut 5 percent.

The increase – contained in bill HB1237 – will take effect Sept. 1 and end Aug. 30, 2005.