Mahoning Co. commissioners are not deciding on license plate fee for now

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Those with cars and trucks registered in Mahoning County will not have to worry about an extra license plate fee — at least for now.

A couple of years ago, the state gave counties permission to impose an additional $5 fee on license plates, specifically to go to local road and bridge improvements and paving.

County commissioners have decided to put the idea on hold for now, even though they say the extra money is needed.

“None of us disagreed with that … we all believe it’s bad timing right now. We waited and of course, the governor did the license plate. Our concerns right now are that justice tax,” said Mahoning County Commissioner Carol Righetti.

The justice tax is the one-quarter-penny sales tax renewal on the May ballot to pay for criminal justice services such as the sheriff and prosecutor.

The newly approved state budget raised gas taxes by about 10 cents per gallon.

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