Canyon County assessor wants property tax funding DMV staff

The Canyon County assessor is requesting property tax funding to add four full-time and two temporary staff members to the Division of Motor Vehicles.

Assessor Brian Stender said the estimated total cost is $121,000 for the new positions.

Originally, Stender requested an increase in administrative fees, but the need for new staff is immediate as the office is still addressing long lines at the DMV.

The Idaho Press reports the long lines are due in part to new Idaho Transportation Department software, GEM, that ended up making the service time longer.

The motor vehicles division is estimating with the new employees it can service an additional 130 people per day, increasing the number of people served to 430 per day.

The DMV typically served 800 customers per day before the GEM system.

The short-term goal of the assessor’s office is to hire the new employees to keep the lines shorter as the GEM system undergoes changes.

The long-term goal is to find a new office location to address the county’s continued growth.

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