Commissioner Jeff Wagner said he does not support a $5 permissive tax for registered vehicles, at a commissioners meeting Tuesday.
Wagner said supporters of the tax raised good points, but he still had reservations that kept him from supporting the fee.
"There is never an end to taxes for good causes and they all stack on top of one another," he said in a prepared statement.
He said in the past 10 years there have been a couple of taxes to support transportation needs. In 2003, the state raised gas taxes and, in 2009, the state raised driver's license fees and license plate fees.
Wagner said another reason he opposes the tax is there is no guarantee that passing the fee will have an effect on SR 53 or any other county highways.
"This has been the most frustrating part of this process," he said. "In the minds of a lot of people, the tax is tied to major road improvements on SR 53. It has been packaged that if we pass this tax, we will get a super-two on SR 53. We have no promise from (Ohio Department of Transportation) or anyone else that they will make 53 a super-two if we have a couple hundred thousand dollars."
The Seneca County Board of Commissioners met Tuesday morning at the commissioners' office.
In new business, the board approved:
A supplemental appropriation of $27,532 for the Wolf Creek Petition Ditch Fund for 2013.
An appropriation adjustment of $15,000 within the General Fund.
A supplemental appropriation of $1,434 for the General Fund.
A supplemental appropriation of $959,434.10 to the SEN-CR38-9.32 Bridge Rehabilitation Fund.
A supplemental appropriation of $12,000 for the Workforce Investment Fund.
A supplemental appropriation of $10,500 for the Public Assistance Fund.
A supplemental appropriation of $33,786.44 for the Delinquent Care and Custody Grant Fund.
A resolution authorizing County Administrator Stacy Wilson to sign an amendment of solicitation for the USDA-Farms Service Agency Lease.
A resolution authorizing a contract service agreement with Vanguard-Sentinel Career Center for GED instruction services for Seneca County Jail inmates.
A resolution setting 10:30 a.m. May 30 at the commissioners' office as time, date and place to receive sealed bids for the 2013 Seneca County/Township Road Reconstruction Program.
A resolution authorizing the president of the board to prepare and submit an application to participate in the Ohio Public Works Commission State Capital Improvement and/or Local Transportation Improvement Programs and to execute contracts as required.
A resolution authorizing the purchase of a 2013 Ford Fusion, a 2013 Ford Taurus and two 2013 Dodge Grand Caravans on behalf of Seneca County Juvenile Court.
A resolution authorizing the disposal of unneeded, obsolete or unfit county-owned property.
A resolution authorizing the contract service agreement with A&D Excavating LLC for the Watkins property for the Ohio Water Pollution Control Loan Fund- HSTS Program.
Wagner also said he supports the project to improve SR 53, but he does not think imposing a permissive tax is the right way to fund it.
"ODOT, by law, is responsible for the state highways," he said.
"Now they want us to pay to study their highway, which may or may not lead to improvements. It just does not sit well with me."
Commissioner Holly Stacy said it is important to keep the state informed about the county's concerns with the highway.
"It's their road and we have no jurisdiction over that road, and no control over when they're going to decide what they're going to do on that road," Stacy said. "I do think we are obligated to do our part to make sure they're aware that we want improvements or changes."
Wagner said he would not rule out putting some money toward a study on SR 53, if it was a reasonable amount.
He said the coalition the county had recently formed with Wyandot, Sandusky and Ottawa counties will attract more attention from the state to address local highways.
Wagner said if the majority of commissioners want to put the permissive tax issue on the ballot, he would that.
Stacy has previously stated that she does not support the tax either.
Commissioner Fred Zoeller has spoken in favor of the fee, which he proposed to the board.
For the tax to be implemented, all three commissioners would need to vote for it.
In other business, Clerk of Courts Mary Ward asked commissioners to transfer funds from the Title Administration Fund, which has a surplus, to buy a new copier/scanner machine for her office.
Ward said it would cost about $10,000, and it would not affect the county's General Fund.
"I think it's a very positive, moving forward, technology type of thing that I continue to try to do every year," she said. "It benefits a lot of people."