County officials to vote on wheel tax in November
By Joe Bachman
PORTAGE COUNTY — Portage County officials will vote on a wheel tax that would affect all drivers in the county.
According to Highway Commissioner Nathan Check, borrowing money for road maintenance may no longer be an option. Under this tax, drivers would be charged a $25 fee to paid when drivers register their vehicles.
“Every year we’re faced with a deteriorating situation that gets worse, more dangerous to drive on, and more expensive to fix. This registration fee only covers part of our funding deficit, so there’s still an opportunity for the state to step in and help on a state issue,” said County Executive Chris Holman.
“While this funding will come from people in the county, it also stays in the county and will only be used for its intended purpose. I know why it’s not a wildly popular option with some folks, but this is one area where we can help ourselves stand on our own two feet. For all of these reasons, I’m glad to see the County Board looking at this as an option and I’ll support their decision.”
Over two dozen Wisconsin municipalities currently have a wheel tax. If passed, it would go into effect until 2024.