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Trussville residents’ response to car tag renewal possibility at city hall: ‘Overwhelming’

By Gary Lloyd

TRUSSVILLE — One of the questions on a survey mailed to more than 8,000 Trussville addresses last month by Mayor Gene Melton asked if residents would renew vehicle tags at Trussville City Hall if allowed to do so.

The response is quite telling.

Of 1,048 responses to the question, 985 said they’d favor the renewal process at Trussville City Hall. Just 63 said they would not favor it.

A historical marker outside Trussville City Hall
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“Overwhelming,” Melton said.

There were 1,455 total responses to the eight-question survey, and 1,102 of those responses included the person’s name, address and email address.

In March 2012, the Jefferson County House of Representatives approved a bill that would allow cities to renew people’s vehicle tags as a way to shorten long lines at county courthouses. The lines have been long since Jefferson County last year reduced the number of employees and briefly closed the Center Point Satellite Courthouse. The bill was sponsored by Rep. Paul DeMarco, R-Homewood.

Cities would likely need at least two employees trained to issue vehicle tag renewals and a computer program to offer the service.

New vehicle tags would still have to be issued through county courthouses in Center Point, Birmingham or Bessemer.

Contact Gary Lloyd at news@trussvilletribune.com and follow him on Twitter @GaryALloyd.

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