Vanderburgh County Council Hikes Local Vehicle Taxes

Owning a vehicle in Vanderburgh County just got a little bit more expensive.

The Vanderburgh County Council passed an ordinance Thursday afternoon that nearly triples the cost to register your vehicle at the BMV.

Starting next year, Vanderburgh County residents will pay a flat $20 surtax no matter the size or type of vehicle they drive.

Currently owners of cars or vehicles under 11,000 lbs pay a 2% surtax, and larger vehicles like semis pay a wheel tax based on weight.

The new ordinance will save owners of vehicles in the largest class a few bucks, but if you own cars, SUVs or pick-ups you will pay triple what you're paying now, but one council member says it's worth it.

Tom Shetler Jr., County Council Vice President said,"if you stop and think about what it costs when you hit a pothole, blow a tire, blow a rim, you're talking $150-200 a deal. If that's going to minimize that for a couple dozen people a year, then it's going to be huge savings for a lot of people."

County Council members say they had to pass a new ordinance before September first to comply with a new state statute.

Vanderburgh County Auditor Brian Gerth tells Eyewitness News the new tax will bring in an additional million dollars for county road projects. The new ordinance will go into effect in 2018.
 


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