MASSENA -The Massena Village Board has added their voices a resolution opposing a proposal to impose a fee on people entering the United States on foot or by vehicle.
The resolution was drafted by municipal officials in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., and Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. The two cities had asked the village of Massena and the city of Cornwall, Ont. The city of Cornwall has passed a resolution opposing the fee for border crossing, submitted it to Homeland Security along with several of our federal, state, and local elected officials as well as on the Ontario and the Canadian sector. So I would ask that (the board) would support this resolution, Mayor James F. Hidy said earlier this month.
The resolution was passed by the village board at Tuesdays meeting. According to the resolution, Border fees will have a negative impact by reducing border crossings with Canadian visitors currently equal 1,292,300 persons per year with $288 million being spent by Canadians visiting Michigan and 1,157,600 Michiganders visiting Canada with $333 million being spent in Canada.
Rep. William L. Owens, D-Plattsburgh, had proposed an amendment to the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Bill to bar them from using any funding provided under the bill to study or implement border crossing fees for passenger vehicles pedestrians at both the northern and southern border.
Earlier in the month, Mr. Hidy said that he felt the issue was a main reason why Mr. Owens visited both the American and Canadian side of the border earlier in the year. Mr. Owens has been a vocal opponent of the fee proposal.