Talbert will push for decal elimination

Published 1:30 pm Thursday, August 6, 2015

A Buckingham County supervisor says he will push to abolish the county’s ordinance regulating county vehicle decals at Monday night’s board of supervisors meeting.

District Three Supervisor E.A. “Bill” Talbert plans to offer a motion for a public hearing on rescinding the ordinance. The motion is planned for the regular meeting, which will follow a 5:30 p.m. work session to discuss potential elimination of the county’s vehicle decal.

The county’s motor vehicle license tax ordinance stipulates that a $25 license tag or decal be purchased for vehicles in the county.

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“I’ve got 80 percent of the people in Buckingham County behind me,” said Talbert, who initiated the

discussion months ago.

Talbert said safety is the main reason he wants to eliminate the decal. He cited a woman who previously spoke at a meeting regarding her vehicle being identified by the decal, which lists the name of the county.

“Nobody needs to know where you live,” Talbert said.

According to Talbert, the sheriff’s department cannot “do the law enforcement on county stickers unless they block the road. And we don’t need our sheriff’s department out blocking roads … when we’ve got all the crime in Buckingham.” Talbert said he wanted to eliminate the responsibility of the sheriff’s office in enforcing the decal.

He says the fee could be collected with personal property taxes.

“You’ve got to pay your personal property taxes whether you’ve got a county sticker or not. Period. The county sticker does absolutely nothing,” Talbert said.

Buckingham is the only county in The Herald’s coverage area that requires an annual decal, which must be displayed on vehicles by April 15.

“This is a very important issue to consider…,” said County Administrator Rebecca S. Carter in a memo to supervisors regarding the matter. “The solid waste identification is a very important factor to take into consideration,” she said of the decal, adding that during the work session, she wanted more input from board members on the issue.

A public hearing would be required before supervisors could consider scrapping the decals.