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House Bill 146— Recorder’s fee increases

House Bill 146— Recorder’s fee increases

Phil Haunschild
February 25, 2019

Bill description: HB 146 would set a flat fee for the services county recorders provide at $27.

Rating: -1

Does it directly or indirectly create or increase any taxes, fees, or other assessments? Conversely, does it eliminate or reduce any taxes, fees, or other assessments?

Under current law, county recorders can assess different fees for the many services they provide. For example, someone who files a mining claim with the county recorder must pay a $10 fee. A land surveyor who files the record of a survey must pay a $5 fee, and anyone who records a home mortgage must pay a fee of $45.

HB 146 would set a flat fee of $27 for almost all services county recorders provide. Regardless of whether an individual is filing one page or 50, the $27 fee would apply. The fiscal note estimates that this would lead to a 21 percent increase in the fees paid to recorders.

In most cases, individuals do not have a choice whether to use the services of a recorder or not. If they have to file a mining claim, record a mortgage, or file a survey, they have no choice but to go through the county. In many cases, HB 146 would force them to pay more.


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