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Sun., Aug. 30
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DMV offices still raking it in


To The Editor:

It was wonderful to read in Tuesday’s editions of The Journal and the Daily Courier Observer that St. Lawrence County Clerk Mary Lou Rupp’s Department of Motor Vehicles staff is continuing the excellent work of processing downstate motor vehicle registrations.

It’s 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 department’s senior motor vehicle clerk, worked with the DMV staff to develop the program to the financial benefit of the county budget and taxpayers. For example, the estimated revenues the county budgeted for 2012 were $3,505,472. The county actually took in $3,809,660, according to the newspaper story written by Martha Ellen, county government reporter. Expenses for 2012 were less than had been projected. In 2012 the Gouverneur DMV office took on two new downstate dealers.

The county retains 12.7 percent of the fees when transactions are processed locally. It’s important that county residents support their home county financially by registering their motor vehicles in one of the local DMV offices. If you renew your registration by mailing it to Albany, the state keeps the fee, not the county.

Not every department in a county government has such an opportunity, but don’t 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. That’s what most important to the downstate dealers. Speedy 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.

Chuck Kelly


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