Milwaukee County Board passed $30 wheel tax


Milwaukee County vehicle owners will see an additional fee tacked on to their vehicle registration beginning in 2017. The $30 wheel tax was approved 17-1, as a way to support transportation growth throughout the county.

Journal Sentinel reports:

Milwaukee County vehicle owners will begin paying an annual $30 wheel tax next year, under a 2017 spending plan approved Monday by the County Board that is based on the new vehicle registration fee.

The board, on a vote of 17-1, approved amendments to County Executive Chris Abele’s recommended budget that uses revenues from a $30 wheel tax.

Supervisor John Weishan voted no.

“My constituents have told me loud and clear they don’t want a wheel tax,” Weishan said.

No supervisors said they liked the new fee.

“I’m basically against a tax increase,” Supervisor James Schmitt said. “My constituents don’t like this budget at all.”

Schmitt said he accepted the fee as a compromise to support transportation without a massive spending spree.

For more on the wheel tax, visit Milwaukee Journal Sentinel