Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus has announced the Dutchess County Department of Weights & Measures has collected more than $156,000 in funds for the County year to date 2010.
These funds are generated through fees collected for the inspection of gasoline pumps and scales, fees from precious metal licenses and penalties issued for violation of State and local laws. Revenues generated through violations fines are down compared to 2009 as retailers improve their compliance with Dutchess County’s scanner accuracy requirements. “Our enforcement efforts have led to improvements in scanner accuracy at numerous retail establishments. Our follow up inspections have found scanners to be in compliance, ensuring customers are being charged the correct price for their item purchase,” said Acting Weights & Measures Director John Matask.
Mr. Matask continued, “We have been able to keep up with our state mandated inspection and sampling obligations and continue to generate revenue for the county despite having staff retire earlier this year and those positions being held vacant. It reflects the dedication and hardwork of our team to ensure the job continues to get done.”
As part of its Weights & Measures responsibilities, the Department inspects all scales and measuring devices in commercial establishments throughout the County, the testing of petroleum products, weights of all commodities and precious metal licensing.
In the first 10 months of 2010, Weights & Measures inspectors have:
- analyzed more than 260 gasoline samples to ensure the quality of the 117 million gallons of gasoline sold in Dutchess County,
- inspected more than 3,600 gasoline pumps, scales and fuel meters to ensure accuracy and consumer protection.
The Department of Consumer Affairs/Weights and Measures is one of the nine departments proposed to be consolidated into just four in 2011 as part of Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus 2011 budget proposal which freezes the property tax levy for homeowners and businesses. Under the consolidation plan, the Department of Consumer Affairs/Weights and Measures will be absorbed by the Department of Health as a new Weights & Measures Division. The Department head position, a management position, will be eliminated, saving more than $85,000. This consolidation plan eliminates one Full Time Equivalent position, which represents 1/5 of the original department.
“As the number of retail establishments grow within Dutchess County, so has the responsibilities of our Weights & Measures team,” said County Executive Steinhaus. “We commend this great staff who have managed to continue to do more with less, generating revenue for the County and most importantly, ensuring consumers can be confident that they get what they are paying for whether it is at the gas pump or at their local deli.”