Kenton County proposes $35 vehicle registration fee

COVINGTON, KY (FOX19) - A new fee attached to vehicle registrations may be coming to Kenton County.

Kenton County Judge-Executive Steve Arlinghaus says the fee, which would be $35 per vehicle/per year, might be necessary to fund the 911 dispatch center. The additional charge is needed, he says, because Covington is ceasing to operate its center. City officials there have already decided to close the center.

Arlinghaus said, "We don't have to provide a 911 service. As crazy as that sounds, it's true. But, we feel it is our obligation to do so and we will. However, the money has to come from somewhere".

He says he and the county commissioners have met several times to discuss the issue and that they are leaning on getting the money from an additional vehicle fee.

"We looked at about a dozen different sources. We could take it from property owners by raising their property taxes but that isn't fair because a lot of people rent," he said. "The ideal place to get the money from is out of people's electric bills but Duke is adamantly opposed to that idea so that idea is out. The only place really left where it's fair to everyone is by taking the fee out of vehicle registrations."

He said they have not voted on it officially, but it will probably happen in the near future. Currently, it costs several hundred dollars to register a late model car in Kentucky. Across the river in Ohio most people pay under $50 per year.

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