Concerned that it limits future opportunities to raise money for road repairs, Altoona City Administrator Mike Golat urged Eau Claire County leaders to consider other options than a proposed $30 per-vehicle vehicle registration fee to generate money to fix Eau Claire County roads.
In a letter to County Adminstrator Kathryn Schauf, Mike Golat expressed his concern about the fee, commonly referred to as a wheel tax, saying if it is enacted by the county it would make it more difficult for Altoona city officials to enact a similar fee to repair urban streets.
“My concern is that implementing a $30 fee will not allow Altoona to address its own roads maintenance issues with local vehicle registration fees if it so chooses,” Golat said in the letter.
The Altoona City Council is scheduled to discuss the matter at its meeting at 6 p.m. today at Altoona City Hall, 1303 Lynn Ave., Altoona.
Last month county officials proposed adopting the fee that would generate a projected $2.39 million annually to be used for road repairs. The fee would be charged in addition to the $75 annual cost charged by the state to have a vehicle in Wisconsin.
Read more about the proposed vehicle registration fee in Thursday’s Leader-Telegram.