By Tim Kowols
As Sturgeon Bay weighs its options for possible road funding solutions, one that has been picking up steam statewide is the wheel tax. The wheel tax is a vehicle registration fee now charged by 21 municipalities and counties statewide, with many being enacted over the last couple years. City of Gillett Mayor William Pecha says its wheel tax was met with opposition, but since you cannot levy special assessments on home owners for sidewalks, curbs, and gutters while charging the additional fee, some residents are experiencing some savings.
Wheel tax money, which is collected by the Department of Transportation before being distributed to the individual communities, can only be used to fund road improvement projects. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, a plan by Assembly Republicans would limit municipalities’ ability to impose wheel taxes by forcing them to go to referendum.