Legislature Gave 3 Counties Power to Raise Car Fee

As Gov. Rick Perry and the Texas Legislature shot down efforts this year to boost fees statewide for transportation, they also granted exceptions to three Texas counties.

Under two bills that passed with little debate, Bexar, El Paso and Webb counties were given the authority to raise their vehicle registration fees by $10, with the extra revenue going toward local transportation projects.

In the last month, county commissioner courts in each of the three counties have voted unanimously to take advantage of the offer. Drivers in those three counties will start paying the higher fee starting Jan. 1. The total ...

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