After nearly three hours of discussion Tuesday night, the Eau Claire County Board voted 20-9 to enact a $30-per-vehicle registration fee that is projected to raise $2.39 million annually for county road maintenance. “It’s a start. It gets us back on track to having roads that are viable,” Supervisor Colleen Bates said in approving the wheel tax. “We need to move ahead. These roads are not in good shape,” Supervisor Carl Anton said. Supervisor Gerald Wilkie, who
Seeking what they call a “fair share” for their constituents, Eau Claire city leaders are requesting talks with county officials over a proposed $30 annual fee on vehicles registered in the county. On Tuesday, the City Council voted 9-0 on a resolution asking for a meeting with county leaders to discuss sharing a portion of the fee, commonly called a wheel tax. “This is a time for us to advocate for our constituents here in the city,” Councilwoman Kate Beaton said.
The question: What’s your stance on a possible $30 county vehicle registration fee, commonly referred to as a wheel tax, in Eau Claire County? Would you rather the county pay for roads with borrowed money and pay unnecessary interest or fund a wheel tax at $30 a year? The math: $30 equals 58 cents per week. Very small candy is 30 cents. It also equals $7.50 a quarter, which is one Starbucks a month at $2.50. Or one six-pack of Leinie’s every three months. Fix the roads with