Craig As a result of Senate Bill 108, vehicle owners will see their car registrations nearly double after July 1.
The increased fees are expected to net $250 million for repairs to roads and bridges throughout the state.
The fees will increase from July 1, 2009, to June 30, 2012. There will be fee increases for cars, trucks, motorcycles and large trucks.
Elaine Sullivan, Moffat County clerk and recorder, said the large increases were uncommon.
"It seems like it's been forever" (since the last large increase), Sullivan said. "The rates will either go up $2 or $3 every few years, or it will go down $2 or $3. Never anything this big."
The fees are based on the weight of a vehicle. According to a news release, the weight of a vehicle can be found on the "CWT" section of a car's registration.
The average car weight is 2,001 to 5,000 pounds, and the fee will increase by $32 for 2009-10, $36.50 in 2010-11 and $41 in 2011-12.
The fee for pickup trucks weighing 2,001 to 10,000 pounds will increase by $39.50 in 2009-10, $45.25 in 2010-11 and $51 in 2011-12.
Trucks weighing more than 10,000 pounds will have a fee increase of $51.50 in 2009-10, $58.75 in 2010-11 and $66 in 2011-12.
Motorcycles and light vehicles weighing less than 2,001 pounds will have a fee increase of $22.50 in 2009-10, $25.75 in 2010-11 and $29 in 2011-12.
Sullivan said the increased fees are especially difficult to pay because of increased costs elsewhere.
"It's another hardship on taxpayers," Sullivan said. "It's expensive, especially for someone on a fixed income or retired people. It's a huge amount."
There will be a late registration fee of $25 per month past the 30-day grace period, with a maximum fee of $100.
The clerk's office recommends selling or disposing of vehicles that are infrequently used, no longer used or often left with an expired registration.
"Anyone who has a vehicle that they want to have registered should do it before July 1 to avoid the increase," Sullivan said.
Figuring out how much the rates will increase is difficult, Sullivan said.
"The fees are staggered, so it's hard to tell how much someone's rate will increase from one year to the next," Sullivan said.