Transplants to Austin Should Register Their Cars

RECEIVED Tue., April 22, 2008

Dear Editor,
    Re: Congestion in Austin: I am no longer surprised by the volume of people moving to Austin from California, Arizona, Missouri, Nevada, Louisiana, etc., seeking a better quality of life. But isn't there a sense of duty and obligation on their part to register their vehicles? After all, they are using, but not contributing to, the infrastructure that they are burdening. Austin was once a charming city without traffic, pollution, and attitude. Obviously that has changed, but the least these folks can do is to invest in Austin's future. Imagine if last year's 67,000 new residents registered their cars with the county. At plus or minus $75 a vehicle, that would amount to more than $5 million, which could help maintain the roads, bridges, hike-and-bike trails, etc. Is that too much to ask for?
Angus Tilney
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