House Bill 146 — Recorder fee increases

Phil Haunschild Uncategorized

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

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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, if a person is filing a mining claim with their county recorder, they would be required to pay a $10 fee. When a land surveyor files the record of a survey they conducted, they must pay a $5 fee. When recording a home mortgage, the filing fee is $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.