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Fee hikes pushed to offset DPS budget cuts

Fee hikes pushed to offset DPS budget cuts

Tulsa World

By BARBARA HOBEROCK World Capitol Bureau

Published: 4/27/2010 2:21 AM
Last Modified: 4/27/2010 5:30 AM

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Department of Public Safety supports increasing a range of fees to deal with budget cuts, a legislative panel was told Monday.

The fees include raising the $21.50 fee for original and renewed driver's licenses to $30.

The proposals to increase fees and create new revenue streams come to nearly $33 million. Of that amount, about $15 million would go to the Department of Public Safety, said Maj. Rusty Rhoades of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. The balance would go to other entities, he said.

The House and Senate appropriations subcommittees on public safety and the judiciary met in joint session Monday to review agency budgets, including the Department of Public Safety... FULL ARTICLE

1 comment (Add your own)

1. Dave Koeneke wrote:
Continued increases in fees thruout the state, cities, counties, etc seem to me to create a spiral down effect. People will spend less because of higher fees and therefore the gov't entities will receive less in taxes and other fee revenues..... There has to be a better, more effective and more cost efficient way to get the desired results.

Dave Koeneke
OKC, OK

Mon, May 3, 2010 @ 2:26 PM

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