In 2002 when the Republican County Legislature need added revenue because of their "tax and spend" budgets and the county reserves were gone. The Republican lead legislature added an additional $10.00 to $20.00 on motor vehicle fees for Oswego County taxpayers. Who lead this effort? George Williams, Oswego County Clerk and Oswego County Republican Chairman.
Now Chairman Williams is fighting against a license plate fee for the stated following reason.
George Williams, Oswego County clerk and a Republican, said when he started his online petition he viewed it as a Republican challenge to a Democratic administration.
Ok...so Chairman/Clerk Williams is using this taxpayer funded office to finance a political campaign against a Democratic Administration. That does not seem quite right, does it?
If reducing fees that drivers pay was his only concern why would he not suggest eliminating the OSWEGO COUNTY MOTOR VEHICLE USE TAX of 2002? This is a unnecessary fee that is a burden to local drivers. In fact the Democratic Caucus of the Oswego County Legislature has suggested this. Republican Majority Leader Shawn Doyle fought to deny this effort from the Democrats.
But this is what Oswego County Chairman of the Legislature Barry Leemann says about additional vehicle fees,
“It is a tax on upstate people, which doesn’t affect downstate people who can use public transportation and might not even have cars,” Leemann said. “It affects everybody up here because you need a vehicle to get around. People out in my rural area, they have at least two vehicles. The husband works, the wife works, the kids most likely have to go someplace, so you might even have more than two cars. And now they have to buy extra plates. I would say if you need them, go for it, but buying something you don’t need is no more than an extra tax and a tax on the people of the upstate area.”It seems strange to us that the Republican leadership of Oswego County would be fighting so hard to eliminate additional fees on Oswego drivers from Albany when they have the power to reduce taxes on us right now. They added this additional tax burden on Oswego drivers and they have remove it.
Also, George Williams said himself, “Oswego County families have had it with Albany’s new taxes on fees, on everything including auto registrations ..."
The above statements looks like they are talking out of both sides of their mouths?
We are starting a online petition to remove this unfair additional tax to Oswego County drivers.