CASPER, Wyo. — Those getting married or registering new cars in Wyoming this summer will see modest spikes in county fees starting Monday, as rate changes crafted by Wyoming legislators take effect statewide at the start of the new fiscal year.
Among the county rate changes are a $5 increase for a marriage license, a $6 increase for a motor vehicle or trailer title and $10 more for a state or federal tax lien certificate or search.
"All the clerks were in support of this bill being passed in the Legislature," said Jeanne Wagner, Lincoln County clerk and president of the County Clerk's Association of Wyoming. "Every little increase helps counties in their revenues."
Fees for forms and titles purchased from and recorded by county clerks statewide had not changed since 2002, said Natrona County Clerk Renea Vitto. County clerks had lobbied for rate increases before and failed, Vitto said. This year, the Legislature's passing of House Bill 98 wrote the increases into state law.
In Natrona County, the increases are expected to amount to about $550,000 in additional revenue over the next year, Vitto said.
"I do believe it'll help out a lot," she said. "The county clerks' offices don't really have any way of making money."
The roughly half-million dollars in increased revenue will cover the costs of forms Natrona County must purchase from the state, pay for maintenance agreements on equipment available for public use and may even fund an upgrade for county computers, Vitto said.
The Natrona County Clerk's Office reported 100,000 motor vehicle titles processed since December 2010. That's roughly 3,300 titles a month, and includes titles for cars, trucks, boats, trailers, snowmobiles and recreational vehicles.