On Tuesday, Alameda County supervisors approved the 10-year extension of a $1 per vehicle registration fee paid by residents whose vehicles are registered in the county except for those living in Albany and Emeryville.
The money is used to get abandoned vehicles off the roadways in unincorporated areas of the county, as well as in Alameda, Berkeley, Dublin, Fremont, Hayward, Livermore, Newark, Oakland, Piedmont, Pleasanton, San Leandro and Union City. Alameda County crushes abandoned cars found in unincorporated areas but the cities administer their own programs.
The fee has generated $23 million since the country started tacking on the surcharge in 1993. Since then the county has disposed of 363,000 abandoned vehicles, according to Alameda County Planning Department figures. The money collected by the Department of Motor Vehicles is distributed by the county based on the percentage of vehicles abated, population and land area. The program would have expired at the end of May without approval Tuesday by supervisors during the Alameda County Planning meeting.