Oswego County Clerk George Williams knows people don’t like the idea of being forced to pay for a new license plate.Ã‚Â He’s hoping to get Albany to listen, too.
Williams opened an online petition website this week, called NoNewPlates.org.
He’s asking people to sign the petition opposing a measure approved by state lawmakers this year that will force every driver to get new license plates next April.Ã‚Â It’ll cost $25.
The license plate change and fee was part of a package of changes intended to help fill the state’s multi-billion dollar deficit.Ã‚Â It was not voted on by itself.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Oswego County families have had it with AlbanyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s new taxes on fees, on everything including auto registrations and insurance, canceling our STAR rebate checks, and more expensive hunting licenses,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Williams. Ã¢â‚¬Å“But the requirements for new license plates may top them all, adding an unnecessary expense on families who are already struggling to make ends meet.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The state claims that the plates are getting old and their ability to reflect light is fading.Ã‚Â But some doubt that claim.
“ThereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s nothing wrong with those we use now,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Williams. Ã¢â‚¬Å“The requirement is inconvenient, unnecessary, and just plain wrong.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Williams, in addition to running the county clerk’s office, is the county Republican party chairman.