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A license plate tax could help with road safety and
economic development in Seneca County, and several residents are supporting the
commissioner who proposed it.
Seneca County Commissioner Fred Zoeller's goal is
to bring more jobs to the area.
"I hate additional taxes," Zoeller said. "I think the
government overtaxes us, but this is something that, you know, we have to
invest in ourselves, and invest in our future. I think it will position Seneca
County, from an infrastructure standpoint, at least 25 years down the road."
Last week, Zoeller proposed a $5 license plate tax that would
generate about $200,000 a year. The money would strictly be used for road
Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz supports the tax, and says he
believes safety is the main issue.
"It seems like every week there's another accident on 53,
and it's time that we leverage the state to try and get 53 improved into at
least a ‘Super 2,' if not a 4-lane highway," Montz said. "It's the perfect
time. Turnpike money will be available soon. If we do not do it now, it's never
going to happen."
One of the local business owners at the meeting agrees.
"Anything we can do to improve the infrastructure of this
area, the better off the people, and the better off the business climate's
going to be," said Tom Hay.