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Clackamas County to hold public hearings on reducing vehicle registration fee for utility/light trailers

The Clackamas County Board of Commissioners will hold public hearings March 31 and April 21 to consider lowering the county vehicle registration fee on utility and travel trailers from $30 per year to $5 per year.  

The public hearings will be held at Board of Commissioners business meetings at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 31, and on Thursday, April 21, in the Development Services Building at 2051 Kaen Road, Oregon City. The public will be welcome to testify at the hearing in person or virtually, or send written comments in advance to Ellen Rogalin, Community Relations Specialist, at ellenrog@clackamas.us

Zoom link information for the hearings will be available at www.clackamas.us/meetings/bcc/business.  

The Clackamas County vehicle registration fee (VRF) went into effect in January 2020 to provide a local source of revenue that allows the county and cities in the county to complete road projects that are important to residents and businesses. 

Currently county residents pay an annual county VRF of $30 for most vehicles, including utility and light trailers. While state law (ORS 801.041) requires that a fee be charged for those trailers required to be licensed by the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), the county is permitted to adopt a lower rate for utility and light trailers. The law also exempts some types of trailers from the fee — such as travel trailers, campers and motor homes – and there will continue to be no charge for those vehicles. 

The recommendation to reduce the fee to $5 came from the county’s Community Road Fund Advisory Committee after discussing concerns raised by members of the public about the trailer fee. If the change is approved, the lower fee is expected to go into effect on January 1, 2023.

Revenue from the county vehicle registration fee supports the Community Road Fund (CRF) program, which funds road transfers, congestion relief, local road paving, and safety projects on county roads. The fee reduction for trailers is expected to have a minimal impact on revenue for road construction projects, and will not have any impact on projects currently underway.

For more information, go to www.clackamas.us/transportation/crf or contact Mike Bezner, Assistant Director of Transportation and Development, at mikebez@clackamas.us.

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