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It's about to get more expensive to own a car in Mass.

Posted by Austin Tedesco  March 12, 2014 03:20 PM

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The cost of registration for non-commercial vehicles in Massachusetts is increasing by 20 percent while road test prices are increasing by 75 percent, according to a Globe report. Dana Levenson, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation's chief financial officer, announced the increase in fees at a board of directors meeting today. Certificate of titles, driver's licenses, and learner's permits will not see changes in price, according to the report.

The Globe's Martine Powers has more on the news:

The fee increase is part of MassDOT officials’ efforts to close a $53 million budget shortfall that arose after the agency began to end the practice of paying employee salaries on credit; officials estimate that the higher fees will bring an extra $55 million to $63 million to state coffers.

The new fees will go into effect on July 1, according to Powers, so if you were thinking of buying a new car, now might be the time to do it.

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