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Trussville ‘still working on details’ of car tag issuing at city hall

By Gary Lloyd

TRUSSVILLE — Trussville is “still working on the details” of when it may open Trussville City Hall for the issuance of car tags, Mayor Gene Melton said Monday.

Is there a target date for Trussville to be operational?

“Not yet,” Melton said.

Trussville Mayor Gene Melton’s car at a service window at Trussville City Hall
photo by Gary Lloyd

Vestavia Hills became the first Jefferson County city to offer residents the option of buying vehicle tags at city hall instead of standing in long lines at county courthouses. Vestavia Hills began its program April 1.

Trussville in March sent City Clerk Lynn Porter, Administrative Assistant Bob Christmas and Chris Coleman to Montgomery for three days for training with the Alabama Department of Revenue. Melton said the three were trained on how to use the Department of Revenue’s programs and learned what they’ll be expected to do.

One of the questions on a survey mailed to more than 8,000 Trussville addresses in November 2013 by Melton asked if residents would renew vehicle tags at Trussville City Hall if allowed to do so. 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.

The new law allows cities to charge up to $5 more to cover their costs.

The Clay City Council in June approved an ordinance establishing a local convenience issuance fee for the renewal of automobile tags at Clay City Hall. The renewal process in Clay will begin Monday, Aug. 4. A $5 fee will be applied to any tags renewed at Clay City Hall. Tag renewals and online sales within city borders will all be routed through Clay City Hall at 2441 Old Springville Road. Online sales will mail out from Clay City Hall.

Pinson will not consider issuing car tags at Pinson City Hall at this time.

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