By Rick Palsgrove
Groveport City Council is considering legislation to enact the collection of an additional $5 from vehicle registration fees.
However some council members have indicated they do not favor instituting the fee.
The state legislature passed the $5 fee earlier this year. Council considered this legislation last spring, but postponed it because of the potential adverse economic impact it could have on the public due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
“Estimates provided by the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission show that Groveport could collect an additional $59,000 if this tax was to be levied,” said Groveport City Administrator B.J. King.
Groveport City Treasurer Jason Carr said the funds would be used for paving and improvements to arterial roads, such as Main Street, Rohr Road, Hendron Road, Bixby Road, and others. He said if the legislation is approved, the city cannot start collecting the money until after July 1, 2021.
“It’s not much money, but with the state of the world, it’s not a good idea right now,” said Councilman Shawn Cleary.
Added Councilman Scott Lockett, “With times the way they are, it just sounds like a money grab.”
Council will consider postponing a decision on the legislation at a future meeting.
“You always have the option to reconsider it in the future,” said Carr.