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Proposed license fee hike gets mixed reviews

April 24, 2013

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Belmont County Commissioners held the first of two public hearings Tuesday to discuss a proposed $10 increase in license plate fees....

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Apr-26-13 11:03 AM

i bet that every elected official drives a high priced car or truck!! it was our tax money that paid for it!! because of the taxes i am over paying i cant afford a nice vehicle for myself,maintenance,gas,insurance & plates!! who can afford to do any extra traveling other than work & home???

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Apr-25-13 8:41 PM

Maybe you should start fining these stores aroung here that sell drugs a little stiffer fines.It's a shame for the people who live on small Soc Sec checksthat get a VERY SMALL raise every couple years and then find that it is taken for something like this. Cars don't destroy bridges TRUCK do!

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Apr-25-13 7:58 PM

LifeLongOv- good points!!! So tired of these people reaping the benefits while the locals foot the bill.

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Apr-25-13 6:58 PM

What about a temporary resident tax ? One that applies to all the RV's behind Doan Ford, the one's parked here and there ALL over the county's back roads. The ones that will be living in the MF trailer camp, and elsewhere....

You see, they get police protection, fire and ems service,travel our roads, but don't pay any real property taxes.

Furthermore, every one of those shale vehicles have out of state tags.... Why not make them pay for a "special use" county permit ? The same for the coal trucks.

Sorry BC Commissioners, and Fred Bennett, but try living within your means....

WE taxpayers have to, we don't have the luxury of going to our employers and self imposing a raise to make ends meet.

Yet, you politicians feel entitled to do the same to your employers,...which is US VOTERS and taxpayers.

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Apr-25-13 1:09 PM

They say less than 3 cents a day.Than surely they can cut back on there on perks, and save enough money to offset these repair costs.

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Apr-25-13 9:44 AM

what are these elected officials going to do when we the poor people have to move out to a place where we can afford to live?? when the realestate don't sell because the people can't pay taxes here in belmont county?? when they have a majority of the taxable property is empty & the county takes it for back taxes!! what will they do then?? empty homes don't pay taxes or buy license plates.

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Apr-25-13 9:19 AM

I really wish that these people, who are supposed to be representing us,would live just one month on the income that many Belmont countians have. I struggle each month to keep up with my bills, eat as cheaply as I can manage, stay home with little pleasure or extravangances and yet those who have ample income and the bit of power awarded to them have no empathy at all. I would venture to say that senior citizens and low income families ar ethose who least use the roads and bridges and yet thye are affected more than anyone by proposed raises in licensing.Does no one have an understanding of this? I actually get physically anxious when I have to think about how many more corners can I cut.

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Apr-25-13 8:02 AM

I don't live in Belmont, but when my county steals this idea from Belmont, I will be telling them NO! The roads and bridges in this region have been in poor condition for DECADES. This problem didn't develop last week. I think the money problem is because of too many overpaid layers of government. Time for some furloughs at the lower levels. I agree with several here who say that we the people haven't the money to spare.

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Apr-24-13 11:44 PM

I will say it again!! remember all these people next election!! they won't listen to those people that are spelling it out to them that we can't afford anymore fees,what are the people on fixed incomes going to do?? what about people that work part time?? remember next election!! lets encourage someone on a fixed income or a minimum wage job to run for these seats in our county!! who else can set a budget & save money better than someone with a low or fixed income??

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Apr-24-13 11:23 PM

It wasn't long ago I heard a commissioner brag about what great shape belmont county was in.The best shape in years.So what happend.The roads and bridges didn't fall apart over night. Where is the $$$ going.

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Apr-24-13 8:55 PM

I'm with you Bossman. it's total bullcrap. These bridges can't take the weight of the water trucks and the heavy equipment haulers not to mention the coal trucks that travel them. all of these trucks and by the way half them have bald tires and bad brakes should have to be inspected to operate in this county regardless of out of state plates. The inspection will help insure safety and they can pay for the bridges with there fee for their inspection sticker. Most of us will not make one cent from these corporations operating here. why should we have to pay higher fees? BTW that's their new word for taxes. The commissioners new they were coming. they have been communicating with them. they need to communicate something else to them. they are responsible for their needs and damages.

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Apr-24-13 4:36 PM

We pay enough for licenses. I agree that those big companies should be footing the bill. They seem to have money to burn. I don't have any land to get rich from. But I have to endure the inflated prices because of this flood of out of staters THAT DON'T live here. But we have to pay more???? BS!!

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Apr-24-13 12:59 PM

I love the way these AH politicians say thing like "it's only 83 cents a day" They are all children of unmarried parents!

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Apr-24-13 10:58 AM

As mentioned, TAX the coal trucks, oil/gas trucks, frack and water trucks, also "fleets" FedX, UPS, etc.

Make rhe ones tearing up the roads pay for the repair bills.

Mayor Vincenzo "speaking as a private citizen" ????? LOL

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