This Coeur d'Alene Press article, written by former SRTC employee Jeff Selle, says the fee increases are going to pay for a backlog of road and bridge projects. The legislation raised registration fees by $25 for private vehicles and $25 for commercial vehicles starting on July 1, 2015. In addition, it increased the state gas tax to 32 cents per gallon, up from 25 cents a gallon. Fees were also raised on electric hybrid vehicles because, while they don't use as much fuel as a standard car, they still affect our infrastructure with wear and tear to our roadways.
This has some people upset who bought them to save money on gas.