Erie County’s decision to raise the cost of vehicle registration is being supported by PennDOT. In December, County Council voted to tack on a $5 fee. The extra money is intended to boost infrastructure like roads, bridges, and bike paths.
In a video below, PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards said the local need for the extra funding is obvious. “Here in Erie, the locally owned bridges themselves are, 36 percent of them are, structurally deficient. That is higher than the statewide average and definitely higher than the state-owned assets at 12 percent.”
More than $2 million would be raised in the first year with matching state funds and $1.2 million in subsequent years.