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Luzerne County Approves $5 Vehicle Registration Fee

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. -- Luzerne County council voted 7 to 4 to implement a $5 vehicle registration fee.

County officials estimate the fee could generate nearly $1.5 million a year to repair roads and bridges in the county.

PennDOT has said it would match up to $2 million for the first year, but wouldn't commit beyond that.

This fee is in addition to PennDOT's vehicle registration fee that drivers already pay.

Council said it has the option to remove the county fee if the state decides to stop matching funds.


  • Silverfish Imperetrix

    Don’t worry. I’m sure the Commissioners will release a yearly statement as to how much money was taken in and how it was spent. LMAO

    • ozzycoop

      Food stamp money comes from federal government not state nor county. There is no state EBT budget therefore your statement doesn’t make sense. Nice try. The state and county only manage the administrative process. Road and bridge money comes from state. So there is no way one would affect the other.

  • peatermoss

    Council said it has the option to remove the county fee if the state decides to stop matching funds.

    No tax or fee will ever go away, the Johnstown flood tax is still in place.

  • burtfan16

    On the not so bright side at least you can hold the county more responsible for road repairs. It’s a hell of lot easier than trying to hold the state responsible. Other than that I feel sorry for you Luzernians.

  • jsrant

    I heard on wilk that some of this money will go to repair roads in industrial parks, Hanover two. Why are we paying to fix roads that belong to landowners that give tax benefits to the ones who lease there properties? Go figure.

    • burtfan16

      I was kind of involved in this kind of stuff about 10 years ago. It’s probably built into an agreement, along with tax abatements, as incentive for the industrial park to build there.

  • Leo Stryer

    As a resident of Luzerne County I look forward to the challenge of paying this new fee. I sure we all do. I have full confidence the money will go to repair road and bridges. I would like to thank the county council for doing the sensible thing in implementing this new fee. Keep up the good work.


    with regards to my previous post, should say counties, not countries, damn auto correct


    seriously, yet ANOTHER TAX TO SUPPOSEDLY FIX OUR ROADS AND BRIDGES????? what about the recent ridiculous hikes in the gas taxes that are supposed to do the same thing?? and don’t let them fool you, once enacted. it will NEVER go away. now other nitwits in countries all over p.a will end up doing the same thing. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH YOU GOVERNMENT THIEVES!!

    by the way, I don’t think any intelligent people out there will actually believe that this tax will go to the intended purpose.

    • Alicia Kurtzman

      This fee was shot down in Lackawanna County thanks to Republican Commissioner Laureen Cummings! I feel sorry for everyone in Luzerne County that is now subject to this.

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