What to expect at tonight’s meeting on the $5 fee

Clinton County commissioners are looking at a full agenda for tonight’s public meeting on the possible addition of a $5 motor vehicle registration fee.

They plan to present the facts of how the fee would be used and where the matching funds will come from.

They will also include an overview of road and bridge projects that prompted them to consider the fee.

Commissioner Pete Smeltz said he would also touch on retired status registration, which says that customers who qualify for retired status only pay a $10 yearly vehicle registration fee.

Near the end of the meeting, commissioners will have a public question and answer period. It may be capped due to time constraints or the number of speakers.

Commissioner Smeltz said the board would probably prioritize speakers from municipalities around the county, since they would be the beneficiaries of the fee funds.

Asked whether they would choose to adopt a raised fee if the state legislature decided to pass one, or sunset the $5 fee after several years, commissioners said they would have to debate the issue and pass another ordinance.

But they made no definitive statements, saying they could discuss matters further at the meeting tonight.

The meeting will start at 6 p.m. tonight on the second floor of the Piper Building in the commissioners’ meeting room, 2 Piper Way, Lock Haven.

As it stands, if commissioners decide to adopt the fee, they would most likely vote on it Sept. 6.