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.
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