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JeffCo cities consider offering car tag renewal services

City leaders from across Jefferson County met Monday in Vestavia Hills to discuss how they can provide car tag renewal services in their cities. Source: Alan Collins/WBRC City leaders from across Jefferson County met Monday in Vestavia Hills to discuss how they can provide car tag renewal services in their cities. Source: Alan Collins/WBRC
JEFFERSON COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -

A dozen or so cities in Jefferson County wants to help reduced the long lines for car tag renewals in downtown Birmingham.

Jefferson County Commissioners admit it still takes hours to do business with the county.

"I have had frustration for the last year and half. As you know, I've said we have to do something to about these tag lines," Commissioner Joe Knight said.

Monday at Vestavia Hills City Hall the cities met with county and state officials to discuss how they could provide car tag renewal service.

"We are only doing this for the city of Vestavia Hills. We are not doing this for other cities. Only residents of Vestavia Hills. On renewing their car tags here," Vestavia Hills Mayor Butch Zaragoza said.

Jefferson County Revenue Director Travis Hulsey told the group he welcomed any help but Hulsey questioned the impact of cutting long lines if the cities are limited to just car tag renewals.

"A lot of citizens are able to process straight renewals and right now these citizens have the same opportunity to to that by the internet or mail renewals if they want," Hulsey said.

Homewood Rep. Paul DeMarco passed legislation last year to provide the service. DeMarco said despite some questions and limitations, the cities can still make a difference.

"This works across the country. It works in other states. It can work here," DeMarco said.

State revenue officials told the group the service would require training and staffing, adding to their cost. Fultondale Mayor Jim Lowery suggested it might be better if smaller cities could team up and offer tag renewals together.

"If the cities can go together and do it, I think it will offset some of the expense. I think a few thousand dollars help go a long way," Lowery said.

The Jefferson County Mayor's Association plans to call a meeting with Jefferson County Manager Tony Petelos to answer questions about and costs about the service in the near future.

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