SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

Nation/World

March 5, 2014

RMV fee hikes in the works

EVERETT — Tasked with developing a portion of its own revenue, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation is closing in on plans to raise Registry of Motor Vehicle fees, in addition to the previously announced 5 percent increase in MBTA fares.

Registrar of Motor Vehicles Celia Blue told the State House News Service that the RMV has not yet determined the size of the fee increase and will make a presentation to the state Transportation Board on March 19.

Massachusetts Department of Transportation officials in late January described Registry fees as “the only viable revenue source” to close a projected $55 million budget gap for fiscal 2015. The Registry collected $550 million in revenue in 2013, including $134 million in motor vehicle inspection fees. Registration fees, title certificates and driver’s license fees are other top revenue generators at the RMV.

At a budget hearing yesterday, Transportation Secretary Richard Davey laid out efficiencies through telecommunications and bridge-building technology and plans to team up with New England states for the purchase of salt and tires and move 4,000 employees off the debt-funded capital plan.

The transportation chief who helped the unsuccessful push for Gov. Deval Patrick’s larger tax package last year also discussed the fiscal constraints the department faces and the potential monetary blow if a ballot referendum passes, which would repeal the law that indexes future gas tax increases to inflation.

“Toll revenue cannot be used to meet our obligation to pay for transportation staff on the operating budget. Therefore, the one revenue source we can and we will turn to is registry fees,” Davey said.

He also said, “The repeal of the gas tax indexing will result in a loss of an estimated $2 billion in capacity for projects over the next decade. This will be a significant cut to an already underfunded long-term transportation program.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Nation/World

Local News
  • 140721_GT_MSP_MARKETBASKET_04 [Duplicate] Ousted CEO bids for Market Basket Arthur T. Demoulas' offer to buy the rest of the supermarket chain embroiled in a widespread protest and boycott was met with elation, and then a reality check, protest organizers said Thursday. Demoulas announced his offer Wednesday night, though he

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140724_SN_DLE_BRIMBAL3 Residents skeptical of Brimbal Avenue plans

    BEVERLY -- Neighborhood residents turned out in healthy numbers Thursday for an open meeting to see and discuss new design plans for the Brimbal Avenue/Route 128 interchange. Concerns ranged from biking and pedestrian safety to tax dollars spending a

    July 25, 2014 6 Photos 9 Stories

  • 140724_SN_DLE_GRIFFIN6 Peabody's new police chief receives upbeat welcome

    PEABODY -- More than 100 family, friends, well-wishers, city officials and police officers lined Wiggin Auditorium in City Hall yesterday afternoon to applaud the swearing in of former Salem Capt. Thomas Griffin as the city's new police chief. "Today

    July 24, 2014 8 Photos

  • Mary Manning Police details probe could wrap up early SALEM -- The probe into alleged misconduct by police Capt. Brian Gilligan has begun, and officials say it looks like it will wrap up more quickly than initially expected -- possibly this summer. Chief Paul Tucker recently suspended Gilligan for five

    July 25, 2014 3 Photos

  • North Shore Community Calendar Friday, July 25 Ipswich: Friday Farm Dinners with Appleton Cooks!, 5 p.m., Appleton Farms, 219 County Road. Families and friends are invited for a relaxing evening watching the sunset over the Great Pasture and munching on fresh-from-the-farm food. D

    July 25, 2014