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Re: Documentation renewal - beware
Back in the 70's I remember one business article that claimed the cost of sending out one simple business letter was actually FIVE DOLLARS. That's 45 years ago. The cost was not the paper, not the envelope, not the ink and stamp, but the real cost including amortizing out the typewriter, the squaree feet of office space for the desk and mail room, the employee time for typing and posting it, the heating, cooling, or light for said office and employee....the whole shebang, the total cost of maintaining the entire structure that is required not just the incidental cost of one more letter.
Documentation involves a letter, plus 45 years of inflation, plus the cost of the fancy papers, PLUS the costs of maintaing the facilities for keeping the title database and a means for lienholders and repo men to go update and get the data.
$26 for five years to maintain that system and to touch base with registrants to make sure they are still around, does not seem unreasonable. In fact, if you file a FOIA request, you can probably get the accounting information because in theory the GAO or someone does cost breakdowns on everything before they set fee structures.
NYS treats boats as "motor vehicles". The registration used to be the title ("pink slip" even though it was green" but NYS maintains colorful paper titles separately now. The titleholder and the registrant may not be the same. Every state funds this stuff differently, some charge peanuts, some an arm and a leg, but they get you one way or another.