“On Monday, I stood with a bipartisan group of county clerks from across the state to celebrate the news that the $25 fee for new license plates was going to be repealed. The county clerks brought with them over 100,000 signatures of New Yorkers opposed to this shameful tax. Unfortunately, it is starting to look like the clerks may have left town too soon as legislation to repeal the plate fees has not been drafted. Today, I am calling on legislative leaders to immediately draft and pass the necessary legislation to repeal the portion of the 2008-2009 budget that authorized the imposition of these fees,” said Tedisco.
While the new fees do not go into effect until April 1, 2010, county clerks and taxpayers are skeptical that without immediate action by the legislature the repeal may never happen.
“Until the legislation authorizing these fees is repealed, nothing has been done. Over 100,000 New Yorkers agree that these fees need to be repealed now, not in April,” said Saratoga County Clerk Kathy Marchione.
“I don’t think the county clerks or any of our taxpayers will view this latest development as anything but a disappointment. A lot can happen between now and April 2010, and I am not optimistic that a pledge made yesterday will be remotely binding five months from now. If next year’s budget is as loaded up with taxes and fee increases as this year’s was and the license plate repeal proposal is part of that budget, many legislators, me included, will be forced to vote against it. Our overburdened taxpayers don’t want promises, they want action. Legislative Leaders need to act immediately to repeal this tax,” said Tedisco.