Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris reportedly wants to impose a fee on families and businesses that have three or more vehicles.
This, according to various Memphis-based news outlets, including WMCActionNews5.com.
And, according to LocalMemphis.com, Harris is surprised that this proposed plan has angered so many county residents.
WMCActionNews5 laid out the plan in detail.
“Own more than two cars? You’d pay a $145 fee for each additional car in your household or company fleet. Mayor Harris says the fee will generate $9 million for MATA. But critics say it will drive more people out of Shelby County,” according to the website.
“Harris campaigned for mayor promising a funding solution for MATA. Bus company execs say they need an additional $30 million a year to bring MATA up to the standards required to serve the local population adequately.”
WMCActionNews5 said you wouldn’t get assessed a fee on the first two cars, just the vehicles beyond that.
“The sustainability fee would have to be approved by the 13-member Shelby County Commission,” according to the website.
WMCActionNews5 went on to say that at least three public hearings on the matter are scheduled.
According to The Memphis Commercial Appeal, the proposed plan still leaves the Memphis Area Transit Authority $20 million short of its goal.
“If the vehicle fee brought in higher revenues than expected, MATA would receive all of the additional revenue under Harris’ proposal,” according to the paper.
“Only around 17 percent of the county’s households have three or more cars registered, meaning most won’t be impacted by the fee. The $9 million estimate does not include any fees raised by commercial properties.”
The Memphis Commercial Appeal went on to say Harris wants a vote on the plan before February of next year.
Harris took office in September of last year. He previously served on the Memphis City Council and in the Tennessee State Senate.
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