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Altoona city administrator concerned about county wheel tax

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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.

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