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Wisconsin officials consider adopting wheel tax

- Associated Press - Monday, August 18, 2014

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) — Some Wisconsin communities are considering the addition of a vehicle registration fee to offset road repair and maintenance costs.

The Leader-Telegram (http://bit.ly/Vzq5re ) reports that the fee, known as a wheel tax, would help local governments raise money for transportation-related projects.

The tax was recently proposed in Chippewa County by the county administrator. The county board discussed the tax last week and will vote on the proposal in September.

If adopted, Chippewa County could use the money to clear snow off of roads and make repairs. The county highway department says it has already gone more than $500,000 over its annual budget.

Local governments in Milwaukee, Janesville, Beloit and St. Croix County currently collect the additional fee.

Wheel taxes usually cost motorists who own one vehicle an additional $20 per year.

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Information from: Leader-Telegram, http://www.leadertelegram.com/

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