Most Large Counties Have Adopted $5 Transportation Fee
We have written previously about the language of Act 89 (the 2013 state transportation legislation) that permitted counties to enact a $5 piggy back fee on the state fee for auto registration for specific county and municipal transportation purposes. There are 21 counties collecting the fee as of April 1, 2018--Luzerne County in northeast Pennsylvania is planning to take up a proposal this week. If enacted the fee is projected to raise $1.4 million with 281,000 vehicles currently registered in the County.
Of the ten largest counties in Pennsylvania (Philadelphia counted as a county, and population count is taken from the 2017 Census estimates) all but three–Delaware, Lancaster, and Lehigh–have enacted the fee. Allegheny County has collected the fee since 2016, with revenue from the fee ($5 times the number of registrations) increasing in collections from $3.5 million to $5 million this fiscal year. With fund balances the revenue in the “Infrastructure Support Fund” has sent $5.3 million and $5.5 million in the last two fiscal years to Public Works.
Money from the fee has to be used for highway, road, and bridge purposes. And the fee that counties can choose to levy will remain at $5 but the state registration fee is now tied to the Consumer Price Index and will increase based on inflation.