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Blunt reinstates 50-cent tire fee

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By AP/KWMU

Jefferson City, Mo. – The price of new tires is about to
rise again in Missouri.

Governor Blunt is signing legislation that reinstates a 50-cent fee on new tires, to help clean up old discarded ones.

From 1990 until 2004, the state required tire dealers to collect a 50-cent fee on each new tire sold.

But the fee was allowed to expire, and efforts to reinstate had failed until now.

The bill makes the fee expire in January 2010, and also imposes a similar fee for car batteries.

The fund was used to help clean up tire dumps, but money in that fund has dwindled
since the fee expired.

Since the waste tire fee started in 1990, the state has cleaned up more than 12 million tires.

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