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Hamilton Co. Vehicle Registration Fee Vote Imminent

Posted On November 15, 2017

By Mike Perleberg

Western Hills Viaduct. Photo by  Travis Estell, Flickr.

(Hamilton County, Oh.) – Hamilton County Commissioners could vote as soon as Wednesday on a plan to hike vehicle registration fees for motorists.

The potential $5 annual fee increase is being eyed as a way for the county to pay for a replacement of the Western Hills Viaduct. If implemented, the fee would raise $4 million in revenue each year, with half that amount going to the viaduct replacement.

Depending on where they live, people in Hamilton County pay between $35 to $40 already in fees each year for licensing their vehicles.

County commissioners may also vote Wednesday on FC Cincinnati’s request to have taxpayers foot the bill for $75 million worth on infrastructure including a parking garage, roads, and other improvements.

Cincinnati is one of three cities that could be chosen for Major League Soccer’s expansion to be announced in December. FC Cincinnati president and general manager Jeff Berdin announced Tuesday that team owners have pledged to privately finance a $200 million, 21,000-seat soccer-only stadium.

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