Closure of Frisco motor vehicle office delayed
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The closure of the Frisco motor vehicle location, initially set for April, will likely not happen before summer, said Summit County Clerk and Recorder Kathy Neel.
The office was set to be closed and all vehicle registration and license plate services moved to the clerk and recorder’s office in Breckenridge as part of county spending cuts.
The closure of the Frisco license plate and registration office has been delayed due to state-owned motor vehicle equipment which must be moved by the state. It is still unclear exactly when the office will close.
The driver’s license office in Frisco, which is managed by the state, will remain open.
The motor vehicle location will be consolidated with the county clerk and recorder’s office at the Summit County Courthouse to allow both offices to operate more effectively following the loss of an employee from each office, Neel said.
“It just made more sense to have the entire clerk’s office together so we can crosstrain and help out where needed rather than being short and 10 miles apart,” Neel said of the consolidation.
For now, the closure will not impact the services offered in Summit County, but it will make for a longer drive for Silverthorne, Dillon and northern Summit County residents to access the services.
County officials say they hope the move will encourage drivers to take advantage of online and mail-in registration and licensing services.
“I live on the north end of the county, I’m not going to deny that it’s a longer trip,” County Commissioner Thomas Davidson said. “But it’s not that often that you’ll have to make that trip down to Breckenridge to see them in person.”
Until the office is closed, registration and license plate services will continue to be offered out of Frisco. The clerk and recorder’s office in Breckenridge will not be offering those services.
News of the motor vehicle office closure came as the county finalized an agreement to turn fleet maintenance and management services over to a private company, First Vehicle Services. The agreement resulted in the layoff of three fleet maintenance managers. The remaining 11 mechanics were expected to be hired on by First Vehicle at similar pay rates pending the results of background checks and drug tests.
The recent moves, expected to save the county $700,000 within one year, are part of an ongoing county effort to offset a 20 percent decrease in county property tax revenue expected in 2012.
“In these economic times, the county’s trying to get as lean as they can,” Neel said of the motor vehicle office closure. “This was just a step that we thought would be best.”
The motor vehicle office closure and hand off of fleet maintenance services are in addition to $635,000 in operational cuts and $1.35 million in personnel cuts approved in the 2011 budget in October, which resulted in the layoff of 10 county employees.
License plates can be renewed by mail or online for a $1 fee at http://www.colorado.gov/renewplates.
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