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BILL AS INTRODUCED 2007-2008

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H.468

Introduced by Representative Heath of Westford

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Conservation; waste management; tire purchase fee

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to cover the costs of tire disposal at the time of purchase by assessing a fee on the sale of new motor vehicle tires in lieu of a deposit or fee at the time of disposal.

AN ACT RELATING TO ESTABLISHING A PURCHASE FEE SYSTEM FOR NEW MOTOR VEHICLE TIRES

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  PURPOSE

The cost of used-tire disposal creates an incentive to dump used tires illegally rather than pay for proper disposal.  A fee collected when new tires are purchased will remove the need to collect disposal fees and will therefore remove the incentive for illegal tire dumping.

Sec. 2.  10 V.S.A. § 6618 is amended to read:

§ 6618.  WASTE MANAGEMENT ASSISTANCE FUND

(a)  There is hereby created in the state treasury a fund to be known as the waste management assistance fund, to be expended by the secretary of the agency of natural resources.  The fund shall have two three accounts:  one for solid waste management assistance, one for tire disposal assistance, and one for hazardous waste management assistance.  The hazardous waste management assistance account shall consist of a percentage of the tax on hazardous waste under the provisions of 32 V.S.A. chapter 237, as established by the secretary, the toxics use reduction fees under subsection 6628(j) of this title, and appropriations of the general assembly. In no event shall the amount of the hazardous waste tax which is deposited to the hazardous waste management assistance account exceed 40 percent of the annual tax receipts.  The solid waste management assistance account shall consist of the franchise tax on waste facilities assessed under the provisions of subchapter 13 of chapter 151 of Title 32, and appropriations of the general assembly.  The tire disposal assistance account shall consist of a tire purchase fee pursuant to section

6621f of this title and appropriations of the general assembly.  The fee shall be used for tire disposal activities pursuant to section 6621f.  All balances in the fund accounts at the end of any fiscal year shall be carried forward and remain a part of the fund accounts, except as provided in subsection (e) of this section. Interest earned by the fund shall be deposited into the appropriate fund account.  Disbursements from the fund accounts shall be made by the state treasurer on warrants drawn by the commissioner of finance and management.

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Sec. 3.  10 V.S.A. § 6621f is added to read:

§ 6621f.  MOTOR VEHICLE TIRE DISPOSAL FEE

(a)  A per-tire motor vehicle purchase fee shall be paid by the consumer on every motor vehicle tire purchased at the retail level in this state.  This fee shall be in lieu of a deposit or tire disposal fee paid at the time of return or disposal.

(b)  The motor vehicle tire purchase fee shall be placed into the tire disposal assistance account of the waste management assistance fund and shall be used for tire disposal activities, including collection, disposal, transportation, processing, storage, recycling, clean-up, and monitoring.

(c)  The secretary of natural resources shall adopt rules:

(1)  Establishing a tire purchase fee for each classification of tire after giving due consideration to the cost of the tires.

(2)  Establishing procedures for the disbursement of the fund.

(3)  Otherwise conditioning and controlling the sale of motor vehicle tires consistent with this section.

Sec. 4.  EFFECTIVE DATE

This act shall take effect on July 1, 2007.  The secretary of natural resources may adopt necessary rules by that date.



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The Vermont General Assembly
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Montpelier, Vermont


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