Why is it that some city-owned vehicles have the city license plates and others have the usual license plates that a private citizen would be issued?
Rhonda Banks, Douglas County vehicle supervisor in the treasurer's department, said that state law requires city and county vehicles that perform services that are paid for by fees rather than taxes to have a standard license plate and pay a registration fee similar to private citizens. That means the city vehicles used to perform sewer and water service have normal license plates. The law specifically exempts trash trucks and ambulances, which are primarily paid for by fees. City vehicles that perform services primarily paid for by tax dollars get a special government tag.