Chippewa County highway fund replenished from expiring wheel tax

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Chippewa County (WQOW) – If you register your vehicle in Chippewa County, you’ll soon see a drop in your registration fees, but highway officials said that won’t hurt the quality of the county’s roads.

Last week, The Chippewa County Board confirmed the $10 wheel tax implemented in 2015 will expire at the and of this year and there are no plans to renew it.

The goal was to replenish the highway department’s winter maintenance fund. Chippewa County Highway Commissioner Brian Kelley said the wheel tax was necessary then and allowed them to better serve the community over the past five years.

“It took a fund that was over $1 million in the red and built up a little cushion. Bought us a some time and allowed us to work on some deficiencies. We’re starting to use a lot more salt brine and liquids and different types of plows for winter,” Kelley said.

Kelley said they keep a three year average to determine how much money goes into the winter maintenance. He said he’s hopeful the financial cushion will keep them in the green for the foreseeable future.

Justin Esterly

Justin Esterly

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