Ridgefield City Council Eliminates $ 30 Vehicle Registration Fee
At the Ridgefield City Council meeting on Thursday, December 2, council members unanimously kept their pledge to eliminate the $ 30 vehicle registration fee charged to Ridgefield residents after voters passed a vote. The measure, Proposition 1, funds the necessary preservation of the pavement with a sales tax instead of license fees. According to the Washington Department of Licensing, it will be until April 1, 2022 for their system to update and remove the fees.
Approved Proposal 1 implements a 0.2% sales and use tax to replace vehicle registration fees to fund pavement preservation and maintenance. The measure passed with 59.28% of “yes” votes and the election was certified on Tuesday, November 23, 2021. The retail sales tax rate within the city of Ridgefield will drop from 8.4 % to 8.6% on April 1, 2022.
The retail sales tax rate applies to goods and services, such as the purchase of household items and your car’s oil change, as well as sales tax on new construction. While the new development dollars cannot legally be used to maintain existing streets, developers will pay sales tax on building materials purchased or delivered to Ridgefield. The 0.2% sales tax is expected to generate $ 7,567,610 over 10 years. Of this total, new construction revenues are estimated at $ 3,027,044 and General Retail revenues are estimated at $ 4,540,566.
Ridgefield’s livability, economic vitality, public safety and emergency response depend on a healthy and viable road system. Sales and user tax funds will be used to pay for costs associated with pavement preservation projects identified in the Town of Ridgefield’s six-year capital improvement plan. This includes upgrading substandard roads, improving pavement conditions, and improving ADA accessibility. Scheduled maintenance extends the life of our streets by 50% and costs less than expensive repairs needed without it. By increasing the level of funding for maintenance and preservation, the Town of Ridgefield is protecting taxpayer dollars.
“By replacing the vehicle registration fee with a 0.2% increase in sales and use tax, Ridgefield voters and council have spread the tax burden of pavement preservation on all those who shop in Ridgefield, drive our streets and thrive here, rather than resting. only on Ridgefield residents, ”Ridgefield Mayor Don Stose said.