Appleton City Council puts wheel tax proposal on hold, okays library negotiations


Published 08/20 2014 10:57PM

Updated 08/20 2014 10:58PM

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APPLETON, Wis., (WFRV) - A proposed $20 wheel tax in Appleton has been put on hold after a refer-back at common council Wednesday night.

The tax would apply to the majority of vehicles registered in Appleton and would cover special assessment costs for street re-constructions.

At Wednesday night's meeting, more than a dozen community members spoke both in favor of, and against the tax.

Alderperson Kathy Plank made the decision to refer it back to finance saying she needs more time to review other funding options to cover special assessments.

"I anticipate a great deal of the meeting will be devoted to that," she says. "We did not devote any time to it at the last meeting, we solely focused on this wheel tax because it was a very large issue, and I thought it was the right thing to do to make sure that it's very well vetted."

The finance committee will review the proposal next Wednesday.

The city council also gave city leaders the green light to begin negotiations with an Appleton church and banquet hall over a site for a proposed library.

The city is looking to build on the plot of land that currently holds trinity Lutheran church and Michael's banquet, which is in downtown Appleton.

The proposal was temporarily put on  hold last month after council members expressed concern over the site.

"I think this is a big step forward for the process, it's really just the opportunity to negotiate with this party," Alderman Kyle Lobner says, "but it's the first opportunity this council has had to vote in favor of the site for the future library. And I think it's an opportunity for us to really start to talk about building a great library in the space, and a public face for our city."

Representatives of the church have expressed interest in selling the land to the city.

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