Bainbridge Island begins collecting motor vehicle fee on August 1

Islanders will see an added fee when registering their vehicles this summer.

The long discussed $20 vehicle registration tax will soon be a reality as islanders begin paying the fee for any registration due on, or after, August 1.

The Department of Motor Vehicles will collect the tax while registering or renewing cars, trucks and other vehicles.

Some vehicles are exempt from the fee, however, such as campers, trailers and off-road vehicles.

The city will see the first stream of revenue from the new tax in September. It will continue receiving tax revenue on a monthly basis.

The city's Transportation Benefit District approved the new fee in January. The money raised will go toward road repair and maintenance.

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