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$5 Per Vehicle Increase For Plates In Hamilton County In ’18

Posted On November 30, 2017

By Mike Perleberg

Western Hills Viaduct. Photo by  Travis Estell, Flickr.

(Hamilton County, Oh.) – Hamilton County drivers will be paying more to renew their license plates as county leaders plan to rebuild the Western Hills Viaduct.

Hamilton County Commissioners voted Wednesday to tack a $5 fee onto each vehicle registration in the county, starting in 2018.

County officials say the fee is necessary to match state and federal funding for the $330 million project to replace the 85-year-old viaduct. The revenues could also help fund other transportation infrastructure needs in the county.

County commissioners are also preparing to give property owners only a portion of a planned property tax rollback in 2018 in order to make up for a forecasted $15 million drop in sales tax revenue. Commissioner Todd Portune said the board considered dropping the rollback to 45 percent, but went on to guarantee at least 75 percent of the rollback.

The commissioners will have a mid-year review to see if the full rollback can be given without causing a shortfall.

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