Idaho State Rep. John Gannon has weighed in on the Ada County Highway District proposed fee hike and he favors charging the commercial trucks and vehicles over 8,000 lbs. fees similar to those currently paid only by passenger cars, according to documents acquired in a public records request.
The GUARDIAN has railed against the unfair fee structure currently charged, and about to be increased, because only the “little guys” get charged. Anything over 8,000 lbs. is exempted by state law. While the state law is the “enabling legislation,” ACHD is the only district in the state to qualify to impose a surcharge on motorists.
Rep. Gannon has offered draft legislation which would allow ACHD to charge fees to the owners of the heavier vehicles and allow for some of the revenue to be used for a bus system. He proposes an ACHD county fee structure based upon 10% of the state registration fee with a $70 cap.
The ACHD commissioners meet at noon Wednesday, July 11 to consider a resolution to increase fees, but only on those under 8,000 lbs. In his letter to ACHD Chair Sara Baker, Gannon said the ACHD proposals would result in a 75% increase in collections. As an alternative, he suggests a two year sunset on the ACHD proposed resolution which will go to voters in November.
ACHD FEE PROPOSALS His entire letter and draft legislation package.
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