Residents on Norwood Avenue in Green Bay got a surprise in their mail, and it wasn’t very pleasant.
Joni Fory is in her seventies, retired and lives on Norwood Avenue on Green Bay’s west side, so when she got a bill from the city for $714 dollars for asphalt resurfacing it came as a shock.
“Norwood isn’t even that bad,” said Fory. “I feel really bad because this is a working class neighborhood with a lot of retired people and I think it is going to be a problem for a lot of us.”
However, many of the roads in the Broadway district could use some work and nobody knows that better than Ninth District Alderman Guy Zima.
“Just this past weekend I lost another hubcap on my car, now I have two missing and I’ve lost seven over the past two years,” said Zima. “It’s because of rail road tracks, bad roads and potholes.”
The idea of a wheel tax has begun to surface in Green Bay where everybody pays for the roads and individuals do not get hit with assessments.
The wheel tax started with First District Alderman Jerry Wiezbiskie, who brought it to the finance committee and the public works department on behalf of a constituent.
The public works department said that it just got brought up and that the wheel tax would have to go through several studies to see if it would be a good idea for Green Bay before it could be seriously discussed.
For Joni Fory and her neighbors who all received the same assessment, the wheel tax would do no good, in fact Fory would end up paying the assessment and then she have to pay the wheel tax on top of it.
“Why are we paying property taxes?” asked Fory.
Alderman Zima said that home owners pay over half the costs for road improvements, but they could use some help from the city.
“We’ve spent a lot of money in other areas and I think we need to put more attention on keeping up our roads,” said Zima.
However, Zima was against implementing a wheel tax in Green Bay. He said it would be just another tax for the people of to pay.
“When you look at the tax situation fifty years ago compared to today it is night and day,” said Zima. “It didn’t double and triple overnight it is one little wheel tax, one little half percent sales tax, and one little extra tax on your utility bill at a time.”
There will be a meeting at City Hall on Wednesday at 5:30 for the people of the Olde Norwood Neighborhood to voice their opinions on the assessment, Joni Fory and several of her neighbors plan on attending.
Appleton has a wheel tax where people pay $20 extra on their car registration, so individual people do not get burdened with an assessment.