Houston Co. Commissioners delay vote on $5 license tag fee

DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -- A vote that would put a $5 license tag fee on the November ballot in Houston County, has been delayed.

County commissioners tabled the discussion at their administrative meeting Thursday morning.

After a lengthy discussion about the referendum, county leaders decided to table the request, citing several lingering questions about it, including whether funds could be authorized to go to private transportation operators, among other issues.

County Commissioner, Brandon Shoupe, will also be absent for next week’s commission meeting, and Chairman, Mark Culver, said before a decision is made, which will ultimately take money out taxpayers' pockets, all commissioners should be present for the vote.

The money from this $5 tag fee would go to emergency management crews throughout the county, and can only be used for life-saving measures.

Houston County leaders said they have plenty of time to iron out the kinks, saying they want to make sure every “I” is dotted and every “T” is crossed before they make a decision.

“Because ultimately this is in the hands this is in the hands of the citizens,” Culver said.

“So, we want to be sure we answer all the questions, the EMS folks want to be sure they answer all the questions, so that when you go to the to the polls in November, if this is on the ballot, that you know what you're voting on,” Culver said.

The request to approve the $5 license tag fee will be up for a vote at the March 9th Houston County Commission meeting.

If that request passes, the referendum will be put before the Alabama legislature, and advertised for 4 weeks, before being placed on the November ballot.

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