bill to raise all vehicle tag fees by $2 to keep from furloughing
Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers has been signed into law.
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.
push for the increase accelerated in May after the state Department
of Public Safety learned its budget would be cut 5 percent.
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.
increase – contained in bill HB1237 – will take effect Sept. 1 and
end Aug. 30, 2005.