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Appleton passes wheel tax

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Appleton's city council voted Wednesday night to implement a new $20 yearly wheel tax in the city to help pay for road construction.

That tax is designed to offset thousands of dollars in property taxes assessed to individual homeowners who lived on streets that needed repair would have to pay.

People in favor of the tax say it will spread that cost throughout drivers in the city, but opponents say that makes it a burden on everyone.

"I think it truly is the fairest way," Alderman Joe Martin said. "We're not getting every truck out there, and we're not getting the Fox Cities people, but we're getting the city of Appleton. They have to pay for the streets. I think this is the way to do it."

"The wheel tax is meant to alleviate the special assessment costs, but the definition the state gives allows no cap to the wheel tax and allows the money to be put in other places than street relief," Michael Smith, a former alderman, said.

The assessments that tax will added onto vehicle registration fees for Appleton residents each year.

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