Who couldn't have predicted this... first pass laws that make a passport required where there was no requirement before causing millions of new passports having to be bought... then increase the cost of the passport... Thank YOU! US Department of State....
I'd hate to have a large family who has never traveled and suddenly deciding to go to Europe. Granted that the cost isn't bad when spread over 10 years, but if you have 3 or 4 kids you are into some serious initial expenditures if everyone needs a new passport. But then, isn't trying to rationalize the cost by breaking it down to an annual thing flawed logic? You send in the application, new photo, etc., and a clerk reviews it and makes your passport. They then don't hear from you for another 10 years in most cases. What justifies charging $110? I think the fee should be more in line with renewing a drivers license...$25 dollars.
I also think you shouldn't lose time if you renew early. If I renew 6 months early my new passport should be good for 10 years and 6 months.
You guys are lucky. In Canada it's every 5 years that we have to get a new one. My family has always gotten a passport, so it's no big deal. My dad always say that no manner what county you travel to, you should have to have a passport by law. It make total sense. We do not mind paying the fees, which is about $75 for 5 years.