Richmond- Attorney General Bob McDonnell applauded the budget negotiators from the House and Senate for agreeing to allow the Jamestown Fee to expire this summer as originally scheduled. This action occurred as part of the final agreement on the new biennial budget for the Commonwealth.
Speaking about the General Assembly's agreement with this position, McDonnell noted, "I commend the House and Senate budget negotiators for agreeing to the budget amendment submitted by Delegate Kirk Cox allowing the Jamestown Fee to expire as originally planned. I also thank Speaker Howell for his leadership on this issue. This fee was enacted for a specific purpose, to fund the events commemorating the 400th Anniversary of Jamestown. That anniversary is over, and the fee should expire as planned. It is a simple matter of keeping trust with the people of Virginia. When the purpose of a fee expires, so too must that fee. I am pleased to see that the House and Senate budget negotiators agreed with this common-sense position."
The 400th Anniversary vehicle registration fee raised nearly $4 million a year for events commemorating the founding of Jamestown and Virginia. Smaller amounts from the fee were distributed to the Department of Motor Vehicles and the Commonwealth's open space conservation effort.