Flemington Council supports $5 fee



Flemington Borough Council wholeheartedly supports the Clinton County commissioners’ efforts to increase the pool of money available to help municipalities in the county with costs associated with road projects.

No one likes to pay additional taxes, even a $5 tax which amounts to less than a penny a day. Flemington’s newly completed Canal Street culvert project provides us with an illustration of the good that can be derived from the tax.

Flemington Borough owns a bridge which is used by approximately 1,000 cars per day. It provides an important link to commuter traffic from Bald Eagle and Allison townships, Central Mountain High School, and Flemington First Church of Christ. Perhaps its most important function is as an ambulance route for the Goodwill Hose Ambulance Association responding to emergency calls from major parts of Bald Eagle and Allison townships and Central Mountain High School.

A generous commitment from our county commissioners enabled the borough to complete the project without raising taxes on its residents. Most likely there are projects in other municipalities that serve residents of the entire county that would create hardships on the residents of the municipalities if county assistance is not available.

Currently, approximately $80,000 is available annually; with the implementation of the fee, the amount would increase by an additional $200,000. The increase would help fund many additional projects.

A county with progressive leadership will help attract new residents and industry to our county.

Flemington Borough Council urges all municipalities to step up and support commissioners’ approval of the $5 registration fee.

It has helped our residents, and it can help yours.

(Wayne Allison submitted this letter on behalf of fellow council members Albert “Hap” Hill, Stephen Hoy, Jo LaRocque, Traci Kuntz, David Grimm, and Gary Mellott, plus Flemington Mayor Gary L. Durkin.)