The Division of Motor Vehicles sends out a press release reminding you that your motor vehicle registration fees go up July 1... and it's not Governor Dennis Daugaard's fault!
The South Dakota Department of Revenue, Division of Motor Vehicles, wants to remind motor vehicle owners that the second phase of the non-commercial motor vehicle registration fee increase will go into effect on July 1, 2013.
House Bill 1192, which was passed in 2011 over Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s veto, raised vehicle registration fees in a two-phase process. The first phase took place in 2011, and the second increase will happen next month. The new funds from the increase will go to local roads and bridges [South Dakota Division of Motor Vehicles, press release, 2013.06.17].
Ah, 2011 House Bill 1192. Who's to blame for helping market South Dakota to Minnesotans by filling more potholes? All but four Senators (including conservative-angling potential U.S. Senate candidate Larry Rhoden) and the mostly Nelson-Mugwumpy wing of the House (with the unexpected help of power-elite faves Kristin Conzet and now-Speaker Brian Gosch).
If you're buying a Smart car, curb weight 1,830 pounds, or a Mitsubishi Mirage (lighter in manual!) your registration fee will stay the same, $30. But if your car weighs more than 2,000 pounds, you'll pay $18 to $55 more for your tags. (See the expiring and new fee schedules on our DMV website; read the text of HB 1192 for a clear list of the increases.)
So remember, says the DMV: don't cuss them out, and please, please, please, don't cuss your loyal, low-tax Governor. Cuss those darned 83 veto-overriding legislators.