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DMV changes move to public comment period

Monday, April 11, 2016 by Nora Ankrum

Tax Assessor-Collector Bruce Elfant testified before the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles board last Thursday, hoping to persuade board members to reconsider a plan that he says would cost taxpayers over $4 million. As the Austin Monitor reported last week, Elfant made the same case to the Travis County Commissioners Court the day before. Among other things, the changes would increase fees for vehicle owners and decrease reimbursement fees received by the county for processing. After speaking to the DMV board, Elfant released a statement saying that the board members “listened intently, asked good questions and appeared genuinely interested in how the agency plan would adversely impact taxpayers and small businesses.” The board voted 7-1 to move the plan forward to the public comment stage, with Board Member Luanne Caraway, the Hays County tax assessor-collector, opposed. Plan details are available for review here (click “Additional-Amended Presentation”). Although public commentary won’t begin officially until later this month, feedback can be submitted now via email (sent to TaxOffice@TravisCountyTX.gov with “TxDMV Plan” in the subject line) or in person (comment sheets are available at the tax office, 5501 Airport Blvd.).

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