Senate votes to repeal $32 state vehicle registration fee

A year-old $32-a-vehicle registration fee designed to fund the state Highway Patrol.

 

By Howard Fischer | Arizona Media Services

State lawmakers are picking another fight with Gov. Doug Ducey over taxes and fees.

On a 24-6 margin the Senate voted Monday to repeal a year-old $32-a-vehicle registration fee designed to fund the state Highway Patrol. The measure now goes to the House.

But even if it gets approved there — and there appears to be strong support for that — it faces an uncertain future.

Gov. Doug Ducey built his budget on the presumption the state will collect about $185 million a year from the levy. And he has sent warnings that he would veto the measure if and when it reaches his desk.

Press aide Patrick Ptak said Monday the governor’s views have not changed.

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