8/15/2016, Spooner Advocate – More local governments are looking into raising vehicle registration fees to keep up with road and highway repairs.
Fifteen municipalities and counties are already tacking $10 to $20 onto vehicle registration to pay for local road maintenance, and now Milwaukee County, Marathon County, Wausau, Portage and Green Bay are considering following suit.
Dan Fedderly of the Wisconsin County Highway Association points to a decade of stagnant road funding from the state that’s left locals with little choice.
The state’s transportation budget has been running a deficit for years as the main road funding mechanism – a 30.9-cent-per-gallon tax on gasoline – has failed to provide enough revenue to keep up with road maintenance costs.
Fedderly hopes the wheel tax debate pushes state lawmakers to find a new revenue source for road maintenance.
Some Republican legislative leaders like Assemblyman John Nygren of Marinette and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos of Burlington have been more open to raising the state’s gas tax or registration fees this year.
Gov. Scott Walker said he opposes such moves.