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New fees from 'roads bill' will be on incoming tax notices

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South Carolina residents will see an increase in their property tax notices thanks to the new fees from the "Roads Bill" that was passed earlier this year.

The South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles sent out a news release stating that registration fee increases and a road use fee for certain types of vehicles will be reflected on property tax notices beginning this month.

The $16 increase for all types of registration fees and a roads use fee for hybrid and alternate fuel vehicles takes effect for vehicles with property taxes due in 2018.

“This agency never likes to see fees increase for the residents of the state,” said Executive Director Kevin Shwedo. “This fee increase is a legislative mandate that reflects changes in state law. It’s another step in making sure South Carolina has safer, better-maintained roads.”

S.C. State Legislators voted to override a veto from Gov. Henry McMaster to pass the roads bill this year.

The SCDMV stated that you can not pay your property taxes early to avoid the fee increase.

Hybrid vehicle owners who have vehicles that are powered by electricity or hydrogen and traditional gasoline, for example, will notice a $60 biennial road use fee. This fee is in addition to applicable taxes and registration fees. Alternate fuel vehicle owners who have vehicles that are powered by only electricity or hydrogen, for example, will notice a $120 biennial road use fee. This fee is in addition to applicable taxes and registration fees.

“For most people, you’ll notice a $40 registration fee – up from $24,” said Director of Vehicle Services Larry Murray. “But, this $16 increase affects all types of items registered in the state, from vehicles to motorcycles to RVs. The only difference is seniors. If you’re 65 or older, you’ll pay $36 to register your regular passenger vehicle.”

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If you pay your property taxes to your county by mail, the SCDMV will mail your updated registration card and decal to the mailing address on file. Make sure your address is updated at www.scdmvonline.com.

Of the state’s 46 counties, 33 counties partner with the SCDMV to print renewed registration cards and decals on demand for customers who pay their vehicle property taxes at their county offices in person.

For registrations that expire in 2019, the decals will be green. These color-coded decals make it easier for law enforcement officers to notice properly registered vehicles.

Officials say this is phase II of implementing the “Roads Bill” that started in the summer of 2017.

The first phase was to add a 2-cent gasoline tax every year for the next 6 years. It will cap at a 12 cents gas tax increase.

Earlier this year, the SCDOT announced the first projects paid for by the roads bill.