Commissioners unanimously vote down $5 fee


LOCK HAVEN — This morning, all three Clinton County commissioners voted no on adding a $5 fee to motor vehicle registrations in the county to use for road and bridge projects.

The decision came nearly a month after the Aug. 9 meeting where commissioners were originally supposed to take action on the fee.

Commissioners said they were surprised and disappointed they did not hear from municipalities in the county about their need for the fee. They also extolled the value of communication with the public during the process.

Commissioner Smeltz said the board “embarked on this because we get a barrage of requests” from municipalities each year for liquid fuels funds to complete road and bridge projects. He said commissioners thought the need was greater than it apparently was, judging from the public outcry and lack of municipal input.

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