Md. House Panel To Consider Fee Increases
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland lawmakers on the House Appropriations Committee will be considering a plan to raise about $67 million in fees to help balance the state budget.
Delegate Tawanna Gaines, who chairs a subcommittee on transportation and the environment, said Friday the plan would increase a fee for vanity license plates from $25 to $50. The plan also would increase titling fees on new vehicle purchases from $50 to $100.
Those two fees would raise about $50 million and would be used to offset some of the money Gov. Martin O’Malley transferred from the state’s transportation trust fund.
The plan also calls for increasing a fee residents pay to file property records from $20 to $40. That would raise an estimated $17 million, which would be used to help restore school funding.
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