NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 16) — The Tennessee State Senate and House of Representatives is considering a bill to raise the state´s predisposal fee on new passenger and light truck tires.
The fees would increase to $1.25 from $1, according to the Tennessee Department of Environmental Quality.
The bill also would institute, for the first time, a $3 predisposal fee on large tractor and truck tires.
Of Tennessee´s 95 counties, 48 have supplemental tire fees on top of the state fee because revenues from the state fee aren´t enough to cover scrap tire disposal expenses, a DEQ spokeswoman said.
The bill is designed to raise adequate funds for scrap tire abatement in all Tennessee counties, but it also would abolish county and local fees. The bill is making its way through both the Senate and House, the spokeswoman said.