Helena council may repeal fee for private car sales

Published 12:07 pm Friday, May 22, 2009

After hearing negative comments from Helena residents about a $25 license required to sell private vehicles, the Helena City Council held a work session to discuss the situation and is working to amend the ordinance, said council member Cris Nelson.

“What we are trying to do is review other municipalities and what they have for their vehicle ordinances, so that when we do amend this, we do it just one more time,” Nelson said. “What I would like to see is for there not to be a fee for a resident who wants to sell a car.”

Nelson said ever since the ordinance passed, it’s been the source of controversy among residents.

“Anytime you pass an ordinance that involves change, there’s going to be someone who doesn’t like it,” she said. “But the overall biggest complaint is that if you wanted to sell your car, put it on your driveway and put a ‘For Sale’ sign on it, you’d have to go buy a $25 license to do that, and that’s just not fair.”

Nelson said she hoped the amended ordinance could be presented to the City Council at some point in June.