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Appleton committee latest to endorse local "wheel tax"

APPLETON, WI (WTAQ) - The local "wheel tax" is making a comeback.

At least a couple places in Wisconsin are considering their own tax for each vehicle registered within their boundaries, to help pay for road maintenance and repairs.

The Chippewa County Board discussed the idea of a wheel tax last week, in part to keep the roads clear of snow. The county highway department in Chippewa Falls said snow removal is already a half-million dollars over its budget for this year, due mainly to the long and hard winter.

Appleton's finance committee endorsed a $20 a year wheel tax last week, and it goes to the Common Council. The Appleton tax would not apply to larger trucks and semis -- and it would partially eliminate special assessments for major street work.

The cities of Milwaukee, Janesville, and Beloit collect annual wheel taxes, along with St. Croix County. They cost an average of $20 per car.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)