Orange Township trustees voted to enact a $5 permissive motor-vehicle license fee during the board's June 19 special virtual meeting.

The fee means vehicle owners in the township will pay an additional $5 when renewing their annual registrations for 2021.

Revenue from the fee will be used for road maintenance and improvement, trustees said.

Fiscal officer Lisa Kraft estimated the annual revenue at $122,000.

"This helps us close the gap in what the roads levy brings in and what we spend on paving," trustee chairman Ryan Rivers said.

Voters approved the township's 0.5-mill roads levy in November. It costs residents about $16 annually per $100,000 in property valuation and generates $631,003 each year.

"It's an opportunity to supplement the roads budget with essentially a use tax," township administrator Andrew King told trustees at the first reading of the ordinance during the June 15 board meeting.

"If you license a car, you're using the roads, and as a user, you're then paying for the repair and reconstruction of the roads," King said.

Ohio Revised Code specifies 11 types of registration fees available to taxing districts, but no more than six may be in effect in any single district.

Currently, Orange Township residents pay $20 annually in these types of fees; that total will rise to $25 next year.

King said the $5 fee approved by the township June 19 is the second such fee levied by the township. The remainder of the $25 in license fees has been levied by other governmental entities, as counties and municipalities also are able to impose them.

King said the fee will begin to be collected Jan. 1.

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