By Donna Westfall – September 15, 2018 – At the September 11th Del Norte County Board of Supervisor’s (BOS) meeting, Supervisor 2nd District, Lori Cowan, refuted the announcement by Supervisor 1st District, Roger Gitlin, about the increase in his registration fees stating that her registration fees on her five vehicles went up about $25 each and not the $100 claimed by Gitlin on his vehicle registration fees.
Well, much to my consternation, I was wondering if the Cowan’s somehow qualified for a non-resident vehicle license fee exemption? Because ordinarily “Vehicles must be registered in California within 20 days after you establish residency or you will be subject to late fees determined by the duration of delinquency. You have 10 days to register a vehicle in California after you purchase it from a private party, or you must pay late fees.”
Not only are there unanswered questions about their vehicle registrations, but Sup. Cowan is a big proponent of the gas tax (starting at 12 cents a gallon). She was the first to oppose Prop 6 (repeal the gas tax) at the August BOS meeting. Additionally, Sups Howard and Hemmingsen jumped on board with her in an action to overturn the vote and oppose Prop 6 at the September 11th board meeting.
I think Sup. Cowan has a lot of explaining to do. How about providing copies of all their vehicle license registration fees so we can see if any are being paid at the Non-Resident Vehicle License Fee Exemption rate….. which could explain why Cowan is only paying $25 more per vehicle while Gitlin is paying $100 more.