Starting later this year, North Carolinians will stop paying property taxes to their local county tax collectors -- and start paying the county taxes directly to the state Division of Motor Vehicles, instead. DMV will collect the tax when it collects car registration renewal fees, and send the tax money back to the county.
I'm writing about this today, and I'd like to hear from car owners. What do you think about this change? Please email me at email@example.com, and don't forget your name and daytime contact info. (2/12/13 update: See today's Road Worrier with reader comments.)
The General Assembly made the change in 2005 in hope of increasing revenues and reducing costs for county tax collectors. Some counties say they spend a lot of money trying to collect vehicle taxes, but many drivers just don't pay up.
It means drivers will write a single check to NCDMV for the combined registration fee and tax bill.