From the Racine Journal Times 8/14/14 http://journaltimes.com/news/opinion/editorial/journal-times-editorial-it-s-worth-kicking-the-tires-on/article_8d4974c5-8257-52b7-90f2-8b2209fe4ed6.html
When it comes to funding government projects, taxes are as unpopular as they are necessary. No one’s enthusiastic about their taxes going up, but eventually it’s recognized that taxation is the way the project is funded.
One method that some Wisconsin communities are turning to as a means of funding road projects is an additional vehicle registration fee, what’s known as a wheel tax.
The wheel tax is one of the few options local governments have to raise money exclusively for transportation-related purposes.
Four Wisconsin jurisdictions have a wheel tax in place: Milwaukee, Janesville, Beloit and St. Croix County, the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram reported Sunday. Besides Milwaukee — which has a $20 per vehicle fee — the fee costs motorists an additional $10 annually per vehicle. There is no limit on how high the fee can be, although historically no government body has exceeded a $20 annual fee.
Wisconsin law allows any town, village, city or county to collect an annual wheel tax in addition to the regular fee paid for a vehicle, according to the state Department of Transportation’s website. The DOT collects wheel taxes for a municipality or county, keeps an administrative fee of 10 cents per vehicle and sends the rest to the municipality or county.
However, the tax is so unpopular that since it became an option to cities in 1967 and counties in 1979, only nine governments have imposed it. Chippewa County could become the tenth on Sept. 12, when the County Board votes on imposing the additional tax. The board initially discussed the topic at its Aug. 12 meeting, the Leader-Telegram reported.
“Dependable road transportation costs money,” said Chippewa County Administrator Frank Pascarella, who proposed the tax.
Well of course this City (Racine) having no money as our Mayor has said time and again. needs to find more cash Madison will not be send more $$ to help our Mayor, who instead reducing spending say on Rootworks or taking trips out of town, will have to look around for more money so guess we will see A wheel tax tried in this fair City.
As I see it, two maybe three alderman might vote no, the others will I am thinking will pass a Wheel tax
How much one bring in? In a City the Size of Racine? maybe a million maybe a bit more perhaps a bit less.
Will this new money help in any real way? Of course it will the Pig called Goverment must eat!
Just think what good this money will do for Downtown Racine!
After all that is all that matters not a Bus that runs, not a fully staffed Police department, but the illusion that the City of Racine has something going on
Oh who gets hurt by a Wheel Tax the working poor, who will be hard pressed to come up with yet more money for another tax, needs a car to go to work.
Racine under John Dickert a great place to be if your poor