On June 5, voters throughout Humboldt County will be asked to decide on Measure Y, a local measure that seeks to renew the Abandoned Vehicle Abatement Fee. The specific text of the measure is as follows: “Should the Humboldt County Abandoned Vehicle Abatement Program and associated fees (one dollar per vehicle and an additional two dollars for certain commercial vehicles) be renewed for a ten year term under California Vehicle Code Sections 9250.7 and 22710, or any successor statutes thereto, for purposes of removal and disposal of abandoned and wrecked vehicles.
Here is the impartial analysis of the measure, prepared by the Humboldt County Counsel’s office: Sections 22710 and 9250.7 of the California Vehicle Code authorize the establishment of the Humboldt County Abandoned Vehicle Authority (AVA), as well as the imposition of a fee on all vehicles registered in Humboldt County. The fee, which is referred to as the AVA Fee, is charged at a rate of one (1) dollar for every vehicle registered in the County, and an additional two (2) dollars for certain commercial vehicles registered in the County. The AVA Fees are collected by the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and are then dispersed to the Humboldt County Abandoned Vehicle Authority. The fees may only be used for the abatement, removal, and disposal of any abandoned, wrecked, dismantled, or inoperative vehicles, or vehicle parts, located on private or public property within Humboldt County. The AVA Fee must be renewed every ten (10) years.
A YES vote would authorize the DMV to continue collecting the AVA Fee in the amount of one (1) dollar for every vehicle registered in Humboldt County, and an additional two (2) dollars for certain commercial vehicles registered in Humboldt County, for a term of ten (10) years.
A NO vote would mean that the DMV would stop collecting the AVA Fee.
The AVA Fee will not be renewed, and the AVA Fee will not be collected, unless the measure is approved by sixty six percent (66%) of the registered voters voting on the Measure.