Wheel tax passes in Appleton

wheel tax

APPLETON - The Appleton city council passed a so-called wheel tax Wednesday night, meaning city residents will now pay $20 more to register their cars every year.

The tax passed by a vote of 9 to 5.

The money is meant to pay for city street repairs. Right now, property owners pay a special assessment when their street is repaired. Those bills can cost thousands of dollars.

Under the special assessments, the city raises about $1.3 million a year. But by charging vehicle owners a little bit every year, instead of property owners all at once, the city would raise an estimated $1.7 million a year from the wheel tax.

The wheel tax would apply only to vehicles weighing less than eight-thousand pounds. That leaves out large trucks and semis.