City of Appleton Approves Wheel Tax

Published 09/03 2014 11:19PM

Updated 09/03 2014 11:22PM

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APPLETON, Wis (WFRV) - The Appleton City Council has approved a wheel tax proposal aimed at generating revenue for roadwork.

The $20 tax would apply to most of the vehicles that are registered in Appleton. The money generated would cover special assessment costs, for street re-constructions.

Currently, homeowners are charged for road repairs under the city's special assessment policy.

"I think it's a patch," Alderman Jeff Jirschelle, who voted against the wheel tax says, "it's not a real comprehensive, progressive way to deal with the taxing issues and the road construction issues we have.

By putting it on the wheel tax, we're putting it on the automobiles that use the roads, and they're helping to pay for the roads that they're driving on," Alderman Peter Stuech, a supporter, says.

The wheel tax is expected to raise about $1.7 million dollars a year.

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