Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Even commissioners make mistakes

Okay - I really screwed up (when was the last time you heard an elected official say that?)...but being human, that's what happens.

The County Commissioners passed a resolution to set public hearing dates so we can get feedback on a proposal by County Engineer Keith Earley to increase the fees on license plate registrations in the 11 Townships and 5 Villages.

I mistakenly thought that this was PERMISSIVE authority we would be voting upon and that the townships and villages would also have to approve this increase before it could take effect - and I said so in several places, including an news interview on WSPD.

Engineer Earley informed me this morning of my error and so now I'm correcting it.

The County Commissioners can pass a resolution WITHOUT FURTHER VOTE OF OTHER JURISDICTIONS to increase the license plates fees. The additional $5 fee would be collected in the 11 townships (Harding, Jerusalem, Monclova, Providence, Richfield, Spencer, Springfield, Swanton, Sylvania, Washington and Waterville) and in the 5 villages (Berkey, Harbor View, Holland, Ottawa Hills, and Waterville).

So if you live in these areas and you have an opinion about this increase in your license plates fees, come to the public meetings and let us know what you think.

Tuesday, May 16th at 7 p.m.
Hosted by Swanton and Harding Townships
Valleywood Golf Club
13502 Airport Highway
Swanton, OH

Tuesday, May 23rd at 9:30 a.m.
Commissioners Chambers
1 Government Center
Toledo, OH

5 comments:

Lisa Renee said...

How's that saying go, to err is human to forgive devine?

Thanks for the information and the correction.

:-)

Hooda Thunkit said...

Lisa,

I think that it is supposed to be something like:

To forgive is DeWine ;-)

Kate said...

I'd say your error was made in good faith. Don't be so hard on yourself. I revisited the commissioners' web page today - I was posting it somewhere else. I'm just astonished at the range and scope of the things you're juggling.

Now, I'm a relatively new resident (since '01) and I have ALWAYS been very naive about things - but it appears to me that your partner commissioners' arent' exactly your biggest fans.

Seems to be alot of that going on in Toledo - but if you feel the need to clarify this kind of a mistake - to my mind it's because you feel defensive. And usually being attacked causes that.

Don't take any crap off anybody :-)

Maggie Thurber said...

Actually, Kate - this is one time when no one attacked me for what I said. I really wasn't being defensive as much as trying to correct the record. I misunderstood information given to me and THEN REPEATED IT ON THE RADIO.

I just didn't want the people who'd heard me say it wrong to not know the correct data and this was the easiest way.

Kate said...

glad to hear it. I liked your Free Press article. It was like a breath of fresh air. So nice to hear someone just speak the truth.

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