Sales of ‘I Am Vermont Strong’ commemorative license plates haven’t been as strong as initially thought.
The plates were introduced in February in response to Tropical Storm Irene. By April, a public event attended by Gov. Peter Shumlin proclaimed sales had reached 25,000.
But Motor Vehicle Commissioner Robert Ide said yesterday there was a miscommunication with the governor’s office – the 25-thousand-dollars represented the number of license plates manufactured, not sold.
The Burlington Free Press reports of the 28,000 plates manufactured, 7,800 have been sold to car and truck owners and just under 10,000 have been sent to vendors who made bulk orders.
The goal is to sell 50,000 plates to raise about $1 million for Irene disaster aid and the Vermont Food Bank.