Thursday, July 07, 2016
NorCo Poised to Increase Vehicle Registration Fees $5
Northampton County could soon be the tenth. Council President John Cusick proposed this increase to fellow Council members in June. Bob Werner and Mat Benol immediately pounced on it, salivating at the prospect of $1.4 million in additional revenue projected for bridge and road repairs, even though counties do no road repairs.
"This is a user fee," explained Council President John Cusick.
Tonight, an Ordinance enacting this $5 "user fee" will be introduced. Will Bob "I want to be Executive" Werner and Mat "I'm all about fiscal conservatism" Benol agree to be co-sponsors?
Let's get one thing straight. This is a tax, not a user fee. It's also a regressive tax, imposed disproportionately on those who can least afford to pay, the working poor. Most of the heavy users of our roads and bridges - tandem tractor trailers - are not even registered in this state. A real user fee would go after them instead of people struggling to survive. But unlike the rest of us, they have lobbyists.
Another thing that bothers me about this so-called user fee is that the county will gobble all the money for bridges. This fee was supposed enacted both for bridges and municipal roads.