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Nearly half of Mohave County’s roads are due for replacement, said Public Works Director Steve Latoski. /Photo- Mohave County Public Works Department

Why might Arizona car registration soon cost more?

By Dustin Gardiner,| The Republic

Arizona motorists could soon face a new $17 to $20 vehicle-registration fee as state lawmakers search for money to repair crumbling roads and bridges.

A coalition of Republicans and Democrats are pushing legislation that would create a new highway safety fee for motorists.

Ostensibly, the fee would pay for highway patrol operations. But, in a roundabout way, the fee is really about paying for road construction and repairs.

Rep. Noel Campbell, R-Prescott, introduced the bill that would create a new vehicle registration fee dedicated to funding highway patrol at the state Department of Public Safety.

“Nobody enjoys raising taxes, of course not,” he said during a hearing on the plan. “But you know the condition of the roads and bridges and infrastructure in this state.”

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