H.B. 2618 extends, from July 1, 1997 to July 1, 2003, the fee of $7.00 for a motor vehicle certificate of title. Under current law, the existing $7.00 fee for a certificate of title will revert to $3.50 on July 1, 1999. The bill also would extend until June 30, 2003, the crediting of $2.50 of each title fee to the Kansas Highway Patrol Motor Vehicle Fund and $1.00 of each title fee to the Department of Revenue's Vehicle Information Processing System/Computer Assisted Mass Appraisal (VIPS/CAMA).
The provision relating to all-terrain vehicles is clean-up.
Conferees who appeared in support of the bill included the Director of Vehicles of the Kansas Department of Revenue and the President of the Kansas County Treasurers' Association.
The Director of Vehicles testified that in 1987, the VIPS system was implemented in all 105 county treasurer's offices. VIPS provides counties with a method to process vehicle registrations and title applications, and allows collection of vehicle sale taxes from Kansas vehicle owners. She pointed out that since 1987, the Division has been unable to upgrade computer systems other than those mandated by the Legislature. The Director noted that in 1996 county treasurers requested funding for the Division of Vehicles so that county computer systems could be upgraded. In response to this request the Legislature passed 1996 S.B. 662 which created the VIPS/CAMA Technology Hardware Fee Fund. The bill provided that $1.15 for each title fee collected from July 1, 1996 through June 30, 1997 be deposited to this Fund. Beginning July 1, 1997 through June 30, 1999, that amount is reduced to $1.00 for each title fee collected. The Director noted that fees credited to this Fund would be used for continued software and hardware upgrades to the VIPS/CAMA system.
The President of the Kansas County Treasurers' Association also provided testimony to the Committee noting that funding for county computers will result in cost savings to county treasurers and allow them to provide better service to the public.
No one appeared in opposition to the bill.
The Division of Budget indicates that the passage of H.B. 2618 would have no fiscal impact in FY 1999.
1. *Supplemental notes are prepared by the Legislative Research Department and do not express legislative intent. The supplemental note and fiscal note for this bill may be accessed on the Internet at http://www.ink.org/public/legislative/fulltext-bill.html.