By MELINDA WILLIAMS
The future of permanent auto decals in the town of Pulaski and whether mopeds should be required to display a sticker were among topics on Pulaski Town Council’s agenda Tuesday night.
A few years ago, Pulaski converted from annual to permanent decals, placing the annual decal fee on property tax bills and eliminating the need for residents to purchase a new sticker each year.
However, town staff points out the change resulted in an increase in the number of personal property tax delinquencies and the resulting decline in revenues.
With the annual decal, citizens couldn’t purchase a new sticker without having their personal property taxes paid. Without having a new decal to display, they were subject to being ticketed by police and fined by the courts.
Now that the decal is permanent, police have no way of knowing whether the decal fee or property taxes have been paid.
Council also is considering whether to enact an ordinance requiring town moped owners to purchase a town license in the form of a decal to be displayed on the bikes. The mopeds would be registered by serial number, which would help police with investigations into stolen or missing mopeds.
When they register their mopeds, owners also could be provided with a brochure outlining legal requirements pertaining to mopeds.
For more information on decal and moped discussions, see the Thursday and Friday editions of The Southwest Times.