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Douglas County treasurer says commercial vehicles will have to register elsewhere

December 26, 2013

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The owners of commercial vehicles in Douglas County will have to register those vehicles in another county to meet the Feb. 28, 2014 deadline, Douglas County Treasurer Paula Gilchrist said Thursday.

Gilchrist said the combination of a law taking effect Jan. 1, 2014, and new state computer system that will not be available until the first of the year led her to decide not to do commercial vehicle registrations for 2014. The nearest counties to get this year's registrations will be Shawnee or Johnson, she said.

"We just really haven't had the manpower," to accommodate the changes, Gilchrist said.

She said memories of the headaches from the roll out of the state's new motor vehicle system in 2012 are fresh in her mind, and she wants the state to work out the bugs in the new commercial vehicle system before her office takes up the task.

In 2012, many counties, including Douglas, experienced long processing delays when the new $40 million computer upgrade for vehicle registrations was installed.

The newest change affecting commercial motor vehicles stems from the Kansas Legislature approving and Gov. Sam Brownback signing into law a bill that says starting Jan. 1, 2014, commercial vehicles will no longer pay a property tax but instead will pay a Commercial Vehicle fee when registering. A commercial vehicle is generally one that weighs more than 10,000 pounds that is used to transport property or passengers.

The process will use the new Kansas Commercial Vehicle Registration System software.

In a recent email, Lisa Kaspar, director of vehicles for the Kansas Department of Revenue, told county treasurers, "If your county has elected to not offer this service, you will direct customers to the nearest county office."

In addition to Douglas County, more than 30 other of Kansas' 105 counties will not be offering the commercial motor vehicle service.

Gilchrist said earlier notices from the state said the deadline for commercial vehicles to register was Dec. 31. But, she said, that was incorrect and the correct deadline is Feb. 28, 2014.

Comments

Richard Heckler 1 year, 6 months ago

'commercial vehicles will no longer pay a property tax but instead will pay a Commercial Vehicle fee when registering. "

How much is this costing taxpayers and the school district?

Behind which back door will another tax increase?

Bob Smith 1 year, 6 months ago

"If you like your truck, you can keep your truck."

Steve King 1 year, 6 months ago

"If your county has elected to not offer this service, you will direct customers to the nearest county office."

Now how can they pick and choose? They have one primary function. Register vehicles. And now 1/3 of the State offices won't/can't offer that service? We're to go on a road trip now to register?

Insult to injury, they can't even get their dates straight. And how about some information regarding the difference between the "property tax" and "fee"? Is that a big difference?

Julius Nolan 1 year, 6 months ago

Fee means the state takes the money, property tax went to county. State needs the money more than the counties. How else can Brownback give more tax breaks to rich?

Chris Anderson 1 year, 6 months ago

I don't know about commercial vehicles, but do they still charge a "convenience fee" if someone renews a registration online?

If the county clerk is unwilling to provide "convenience" I don't see how they can get away with charging a fee to anyone who bypasses brick-and-mortar and flesh-and-blood and registers online.

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