Community leaders ‘line up’ at DMV to fight fee hikes

Sant, Leibell, Ball fight another ‘sweetheart deal’ for the MTA

At the Department of Motor Vehicles facility in Brewster, Putnam County Clerk Dennis Sant joined State Senator Vincent Leibell (R, C, I – Patterson), Assemblyman Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) and local elected officials today announced the launch of a petition calling for the immediate repeal of new license and registration fees earmarked for the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) which were enacted in the 2009-2010 state budget.

“This Governor has shown a remarkable lack of empathy and understanding, towards his upstate constituents through these unnecessary proposed hikes,” Sant said. “Perhaps the Governor should take the time to consult and work with the local officials, such as the county clerks, who deal most closely with the public instead of unilaterally taking this action that will cost our state drivers more than they can afford to pay and more aggravation then thy deserve to deal with!”

Effective September 1 driver’s license and vehicle registration fees will increase 25 percent, which means an average class D driver’s license will go from $50 to $64.50 and registering a car weighing 3,500 pounds will increase from $45 to $56. In addition, effective April 1 of 2010 all registered vehicles will be required to get new license plates and renewed registrations forcing motorist to pay the new fees plus an addition $10 fee for a new license.

“People are just now beginning to feel the effects of a budget, rubber stamped by the gang of three that was the worst budget in New York State history,” Ball said. “These new fees and taxes are disproportionately going to kill middle-class families who are already strapped in a bad economy. Taxpayers statewide should research how their hometown legislator voted on this budget, and if their Senator or Assemblyman voted in favor of this bad budget, with all of these new taxes and fees, then they should vote their ‘In’ out.”

In the 12-county MTA region, there will also be a $16 supplemental fee on all driver’s licenses, bringing the cost for a class D license to $80.50. There is also a $50 supplemental fee for all vehicle registrations, making a 3,500 pound vehicle cost $106.50. This doesn’t include any additional county taxes and fees that might be tacked on.

“What the MTA really stands for is More Taxes Again,” Putnam County Legislator Dan Birmingham (R, C, I – Brewster) concluded. “By letting this dangerous trend of tax and spend policies continue we are putting the vitality and prosperity of Putnam County at risk. If the state does not alter its’ methods soon there will not be many people left to tax.”

About Greg Ball

Assemblyman Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) is the Senator for New York State's 40th district. A former Vice President of Exceed International Development Corporation, Ball holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the United States Air Force Academy, is currently completing his Masters Thesis of Liberal Studies in International Affairs at Georgetown University, and received an honorable discharge in 2005 at the rank of Captain after service as an active duty officer in the United States Air Force. View all posts by Greg Ball →

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