RENEW LOCALLY — Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs, left, and Library Director Mary Jean Jakubowski encourage patrons to renew their vehicle registrations locally. The following guest column was submitted by Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs.
According to to Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs and the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library System, green “Just Mail It” envelopes are now located at local library branches.
Jacobs asked Erie County residents to stay local, when renewing their auto registrations, keeping 12.7 percent of vehicle registration fees in Erie County, rather than sending 100 percent to Albany. When taxpayers renew their registrations at any of the Erie County auto bureaus or mail their renewals directly to the county clerk’s office, more than $1.5 million in annual revenue remains in Erie County, to support county services.
“I want to thank Mary Jean Jakubowski, director of the library system, and her team, for working in partnership with us to make it easier for patrons to renew local by having our postage-paid auto registration renewal envelopes available at all 37 libraries,” Jacobs said. “This is a perfect example of two public service entities’ collaborating, for the benefit of the taxpayer, to ensure strong, sustainable services to our residents.”
“With libraries located from one end of Erie County to the other, we are a convenient pickup location for the ‘Just Mail It’ envelopes,” Jakubowski said.
Jacobs said that he hopes making the green envelopes more easily accessible will increase the number of vehicle owners who renew locally. Motorists may drop the completed renewal forms, with checks payable to the Erie County clerk, into any mailbox, using the postage-paid envelope.
“The additional revenues generated supports local auto bureau operations, along with helping to pay for road and bridge repair, social and senior services, and programs important to this community, like our public libraries,” Jacobs said.
“As county clerk, my office continues to find new ways to look out for our residents, and this is one initiative that does just that. So many residents I speak with are surprised to learn that the county does not receive any portion of the fees, if they use the pink envelope that comes with their vehicle registration renewal from Albany, or if they renew online at the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles website.”
In addition to all 37 Buffalo and Erie County public libraries, the clerk’s office offers a number of other options for motorists to utilize, when obtaining the postage-paid green envelopes.
Motorists may find those envelopes at any of the Erie County auto bureaus or mobile sites, at the clerk’s office in Old County Hall and at their village, city or town clerks’ offices. Residents may visit www.renewlocal.erie.gov
to request a green envelope, which will be sent directly to them.
“Our plan is to have the postage-paid green envelopes easily accessible and available at various outlets throughout the county,” Jacobs said. For more information, contact Jacobs’ office at 858-7754 or email ErieCountyClerkOffice@erie.gov.