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For Immediate Release
February 20, 2002
Contact: Dan A. Gwadosky

Secretary Gwadosky to Present Report on Municipal Excise Tax Study to Transportation Committee Tomorrow

Legislature requested review of Vehicle Excise Tax and comparison with other States

AUGUSTA--Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky will present a Task Force Report on Municipal Excise Tax and other Motor Vehicle Registration Fees to the Maine Legislature's Joint Standing Committee on Transportation on Thursday, February 21, 2002 at 1:30 p.m. The Task Force was established by the 120th Maine Legislature during its first regular session. The report is expected to reveal that Maine has one of the highest excise taxes assessed on motor vehicles in the nation.

The Task Force reviewed the history of the vehicle excise tax and surveyed the other 49 states as part of its study. It also considered and compared the personal property taxes assessed on other items.

Excise tax is a personal property tax on motor vehicles that is paid at the time of registration. It is based upon the value of the vehicle and is collected at the municipality in which the vehicle owner resides.

Registration fees are collect by the Bureau of Motor Vehicles and may vary by the weight of the vehicle and its intended use. Generally, the registration fee for passenger vehicles with standard plates is $25.

The Task Force was chaired by Secretary Gwadosky and included representatives from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Maine Revenue Services, Maine Motor Transport Association, Maine Auto Dealers, AAA of Northern New England, and Maine Municipal Association.

Copies of the report with the Task Force findings and recommendations will be available at the presentation.