Kiosks for Tag Renewal in the Works for Mobile County

Kiosks for Tag Renewal in the Works for Mobile County

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MOBILE, Ala. -

How long did your last trip to the tag office take?

Numbers show for the month of August, the Theodore location did 10 minute tags 91 percent of the time, Michael Boulevard 87 percent, and Eight Mile 85 percent. License Commissioner Kim Hastie says although the mark isn't hit every time, her goal of 10 minute tags is a success.

"Do I want it to be 100 percent of the time, yes I do and that's our goal, but we are so proud of those numbers because on the last day of the month, even though we try to have every window filled with no stop in between, you just have so many people and it brings your times down for the month," said Hastie.

She says budget cuts 4 out of her 5 years in office forced her to cut about 15 positions. For the new fiscal year beginning October 1st, her personnel budget will be cut another 3 percent taking away 90 thousand dollars. She says the county commissioners recent approval to double the tag and issuance fee to $2.50 will come in handy to fund future projects. It's the fee's first increase in 40 years.

"I'm not for raising any fees or anything and we tried really hard not to do it," said Hastie.

She says her next goal is the make it so that people won't have to step foot inside a License Commissioner office at all.

"We want to do is get funding to try to have kiosks. So our goal is to put ATM machine kiosks around the whole county. So if you live in outer counties like Dauphin Island or Bayou La Batre, or somewhere, we are trying to give you an alternative to where you don't need to come to one of our locations," she said.

Hastie says early figures show each kiosk will cost about 50 thousand dollars, and she hopes to have the first one up and running in 18 months. She also says she will use the money generated by the fee-increase to create a disaster recovery plan to preserve records.

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