To The Editor:
It was wonderful to read in Tuesdays edition of The (Ogdensburg) Journal and the Daily Courier Observer, which serves the Massena and Potsdam regions of our county, that County Clerk Mary Lou Rupps Department of Motor Vehicle staff is continuing the excellent work of processing downstate motor vehicle registrations.
Its wonderful news for the taxpayers of St. Lawrence County because it generates additional revenues for the current year county budget. It was great to see this news in our local newspapers.
The downstate project was an idea that former County Clerk Patty Ritchie, now our state senator, introduced back in 2006. Mrs. Ritchie and Mrs. Rupp, who was then the departments Senior Motor Vehicle Clerk, worked with the DMV staff to develop the program to the financial benefit of the St. Lawrence County budget and the county taxpayers.
For example the estimated revenues the county budgeted for 2012 were $3,505,472, they actually took in $3,809,66 according to the newspaper story written by Martha Ellen, Johnson Newspapers county government reporter. Expenses for 2012 were less than had been projected.
The county retains 12.7 percent of the fees when transactions are processed locally. Its important that St. Lawrence County residents support their home county financially by registering their motor vehicles in the one of the DMV offices here in St. Lawrence County. If you renew your registration by sending it to Albany, the state keeps the fee, not the county. In 2012 the Gouverneur DMV office took on two new downstate dealers.
Not every department in a county government has such an opportunity, but dont forget to thank Mrs. Rupp and the county DMV staff for the fine job they have been doing since 2006. It appears that they are doing a fabulous job, thats what most important to the downstate dealers. Speed and competent work by the DMV employee in the trenches gives this county the opportunity to generate this extra revenue.
Susan A. Thompson and Arlene Mashaw are the senior DMV clerks.