Olentangy Valley News

Liberty Township: License-plate fee could cover roadwork


Liberty Township has arranged two sessions for public comment before voting on a plan to institute a $5 license-plate fee for residents.

"That's an additional $5 per vehicle per year, which is required to be used on road-type projects," Township Administrator Dave Anderson said.

The Liberty Township board of trustees will conduct special meetings at 7 p.m. Monday, June 23, and 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 25, on the permissive license fees. Both meetings will be held at the Liberty Township Community Building, 7761 Liberty Road, Powell.

Trustee Tom Mitchell said township officials are waiting on resident input before accepting or rejecting the proposal.

"None of the trustees have made a decision other than to get public comment on this," he said.

Township officials estimate that instituting the fee would add $75,000 annually to the township's road fund.

Anderson said the funds could be put toward major projects the township has been discussing for years, including a project to widen state Route 750 from Sawmill Parkway to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Liberty Township has pledged to pay between $100,000 and $150,000 toward a local match for the mostly grant-funded, multimillion-dollar project.

"Two years of (license fees) would pretty much cover the 750 widening (costs) we were talking about," he said.

Anderson cautioned that, even if the township instituted the license fee, its road-repair issues would not be solved.

"Long-term, a lot more than (fee revenue) is needed," he said. "We have a long list of roads that need paving upgrades."

The trustees could vote on instituting or rejecting the fee proposal at the end of the second public hearing. If the fee is approved, the township could start collecting the revenue next year.