State Senate subcommittee proposes tag fee increase

Tuesday, April 15th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Oklahoma City-AP) -- A state Senate subcommittee is recommending an increase in car tag fees.

The subcommittee says a $4.50 increase would raise $15-million and prevent deep cuts by the Public Safety Department.

Public Safety Commission Bob Ricks says a 5% budget cut would mean reductions in service and 23-day furloughs for department employees, including Highway Patrol Troopers. Ricks says a ten percent budget cut would lead to layoffs of 244 employees, including 152 troopers.