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Old 08-31-2011, 11:10 AM
 
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I just got our tags in the mail today and am looking at the receipt from last year compared to this years.

Our lic. fee went up, road fee stayed the same, bridge fee went up.

chilaili - it's probably that your ownership tax went down this year even though other stuff might have gone up.
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Old 08-31-2011, 11:15 AM
 
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That's one thing I don't miss about Colorado is the heavy tag fees.

Here in PA I pay $36 a year and about another $30 for car inspection.
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Old 08-31-2011, 11:51 AM
 
Location: Edgewater, CO
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;D FasTracks.
What about it?
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Old 08-31-2011, 12:04 PM
 
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We recently purchased a "newer" used vehicle (2004) and I too was surprised it was assigned a "value" for the tag fees at about 2x-3x than what we actually paid for it, thus causing a "fee" of around $250, or roughly $200 more than what we've paid for our older used vehicle (which is actually a more valuable vehicle in a real-world blue-book sense). I actually walked into the County Clerk's office to find out how they got to this seemingly odd result and was informed the "value" is based on a sliding scale of age of vehicle, make, model, etc. The fact we paid $6,000 (correct blue-book private party value) had no impact whatsoever on the fact it was valued for purposes of tag fees at @ $15,000. I was assured the value (and tag fees) will drop as the car ages.

Note to self: never, EVER buy a new or even newer vehicle in Colorado.

Ultimately, I suspect this (as most weird things the Colorado legislature seems required to do) boils down to a TABOR thing. Just because nobody wants to pay taxes doesn't mean the roads/bridges/schools/etc. will play along with the ideology and not deteriorate. Oh well ... on it goes ... blame it on the gubment and the bad bad non-Colorado "others."
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Old 08-31-2011, 02:37 PM
 
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Ultimately, I suspect this (as most weird things the Colorado legislature seems required to do) boils down to a TABOR thing. Just because nobody wants to pay taxes doesn't mean the roads/bridges/schools/etc. will play along with the ideology and not deteriorate. Oh well ... on it goes ... blame it on the gubment and the bad bad non-Colorado "others."
Well, you are right and wrong. Most certainly, the TABOR amendment screwed up Colorado fiscal policy. By the way, it was crafted by an anti-tax California transplant, Douglas Bruce, and sold as an idea to limit the size of government and institute fiscal common sense in government. It pretty much has failed on both counts.

As to vehicle fees, it is undeniable that the impact of out-of-control population growth in Colorado has put severe strain on the state's infrastructure--such that without massive additional tax and fee increases, the state won't even be able to maintain what exists, much less build much more. It is a classic case of the developers and their lackeys privatizing their profits for themselves and socializing the costs of growth upon the taxpayers--many of those taxpayers being long-time residents that neither asked for nor wanted the growth that has occurred.
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Old 08-31-2011, 03:04 PM
 
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the TABOR amendment screwed up Colorado fiscal policy. By the way, it was crafted by an anti-tax California transplant, Douglas Bruce,
Doug Bruce may be a California transplant, but I believe it was the Colorado voters who, for whatever reasons known only to a majority of them, put his extreme, counter-productive ideology into actual law. Most CA economic refugees (my word) / transplants (your word) I encounter have political-social-economic views that would not allow a miscreant creature like TABOR to exist, but nonetheless CO voters made it state law and those of us who think it crazy and counter-productive have to put up with it, leave, or form a PAC and try to change it, and who among us who are not also slumlords has time for that?

In the meantime, life as a self-employed economic refugee in CO continues to be mind-bendingly good compared to the alternative, though I've learned to avoid new/newer cars unless I'm also prepared to pay astronomical registration fees.
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