Tue, Jun 10, 2003
The Ohio state Senate has dropped a measure that
would have increased aircraft registration fees in the state for
small aircraft by more than 800 percent. The measure was a part of
the highly debated Ohio Budget Bill.
In late May, AOPA Manager of Airport Policy Keith Holt,
accompanied by Regional Representative John Luce, testified before
the Senate Finance and Financial Institutions Committee.
"Increasing the aircraft registration fee to a flat fee of $100 is
unacceptable," Holt said. "You are asking the owner of a small
aircraft to pay exactly the same as the operator of a large
In follow-up meetings with state legislators, many
told Holt and Luce that they had been hearing from AOPA members
opposed to the increase.
The Senate's substitute budget bill currently under
consideration removes the registration fee increase. If enacted,
the substitute language would keep registration fees at their
current level, which is $12 for a four-seat airplane.
The Senate is expected to act on the bill in the near future.
Since the measure differs from the House version, those differences
will have to be reconciled in conference committee. Under state
law, the budget must be enacted before July 1.
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