License fee objections get support

By Mike Sever Record-Courier staff writer Published:

Keith Eckmeyer, head of the E-Check Coalition, said Brian R. Tirbovich of Atwater, who started the idea of referendum petition drive, has turned the project over to Eckmeyer.

Petitions are calling for a referendum on two resolutions passed Nov. 6 by county commissioners by a 2-1 vote to raise permissive license fees up to $10 for motor vehicle owners. The increases would go into effect Jan. 1, 1999 and are projected to raise $869,000 annually.

The increases were proposed by County Engineer Michael Marozzi, who said the extra revenue was needed for county road and bridge repairs.

Several years ago the county enacted one of three permissive fees available.

Eckmeyer said petitions are calling for the issue to be put to voters in next spring's primary election.

"We, the people, should have the opportunity to make a decision on this," he said.

To get the issue on the ballot, 4, 272 signatures of registered county voters are required. Eckmeyer said the petition drive has a goal of 6,000 signatures to make sure they meet the requirement. Petitioners have 30 days from when the resolutions were passed to get the needed signatures and file the petitions with the Portage County Board of Elections.

Petitions will be available for signing in various locations, including the Brady Lake Market and the Streetsboro Chiropractic Clinic, Eckmeyer said.

"We will probably have at least five locations around the county," by this week Eckmeyer said.

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