Eau Claire City Council wants piece of proposed county wheel tax

Eau Claire (WQOW) – The Eau Claire City Council will consider a resolution on Tuesday to partner with the county board in implementing a wheel tax.

According to the city council agenda, they would ask the county board to share part of the fees collected to go toward the city’s 2019 budget.

As News 18 has reported, the county is considering imposing a $30 fee – per vehicle. They said it’s necessary because state funding continues to decline. The funds would pay for local road repairs and pay down years of debt from borrowing to pay for projects.

With 79,000 registered cars in the county, the plan is expected to bring in $2.4 million a year.

The city council said city residents would pay 72 percent of those fees, so it would be fair to share the collected fees. 
 

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