Changes to Gate Hours, Services

The operating hours at the post access gates will be reduced during the civilian furlough period, July 8 - Sept. 30. The new hours are being finalized to comply with new DOD guidance that was released on Tuesday.

Updates and other information will be posted online at www.lee.army.mil and www.facebook.com/ArmyFortLee later this week. Readers are advised to continue checking these sites and the Traveller for any additional changes related to the furlough.

DMV Tax and Fee Changes

Effective July 1, the Department of Motor Vehicles implemented a number of changes. The sales and use tax increased from three to four percent. This tax will be assessed based on the sale price minus any manufacturer rebates. The minimum tax increased from $35 to $75. Owners of hybrid and electric vehicles will pay a $64 annual fee in addition to registration fees – mopeds are exempt. Previously, there was a $50 annual fee for electric vehicles only.

Also effective July 1, the sales tax rate for retail gasoline is 11.1 cents per gallon while the rate for diesel is 20.2 cents per gallon. The previous rate was a tax of 17.5 cents per gallon on all fuels used in highway vehicles. These taxes are based on a statewide average and DMV will evaluate and publish these tax rates twice a year.

For details on the changes, visit dmvNOW.com.

Independence Holiday Fuel Savings

Summer savings are an American tradition, and MILITARY STAR® Card users can save on gas expenses at Army and Air Force Exchange Service Express locations on the Fourth of July.

Any fuel purchase made with a STAR Card at Express locations will be reduced by 10 cents per gallon. STAR Card users also enjoy a discount of five cents per gallon on all fuel purchases and a 10 percent discount on all Exchange food court purchases year-round.

For details, visit www.shopmyexchange.com/ExchangeCredit.

Kenner Holiday Closures

Kenner Army Health Clinic, Troop Medical Clinic 1 and Mosier Consolidated Medical Clinic (TMC 2) will be closed on July 4 in celebration of the Independence Day holiday. KAHC and TMC 1 will be open on July 5 (training holiday) for patient care. Mosier clinic will be closed July 5 for the training holiday.

Patients with emergencies should call 911 or report to the nearest hospital emergency room. For acute or urgent care needs, call the KAHC administrative officer at (804) 734-9000 for referral authorization to an urgent care center.

For urgent care while traveling, call TRICARE North Region at (877) 874-2273 to locate a local urgent care center, then contact your primary care manager at (804) 734-9000 for a referral.

Fort Lee Taxi Service

The Directorate of Logistics reminds all Soldiers, DOD Civilians and government contractors that the new free Fort Lee Official Taxi Service is available for all on-post business travel. It operates five days a week, except holidays, 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. To schedule a ride, call at least 15 minutes prior to the desired pick up time.

For transportation needs, call (804) 765-TAXI (8294).

Van Pool Seats

Three round-trip seats are available in a van pool that travels from Williamsburg to Fort Lee each duty day. Residents who live in the Lower Peninsula area can save money, gas, and wear and tear on their personal vehicle. Van pools are also beneficial to the environment and riders can often catch a nap when someone else is driving. During the furlough, the van will arrive at the post at 7 a.m. and depart at 4 p.m.

For details, email reginald.d.tinsley.civ@mail.mil.