Green Bay committee takes the air out of wheel tax plan

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GREEN BAY, Wis (WBAY) -- A Green Bay city committee rejected a $15 wheel tax proposal, but a city council member says it will get to the full council.

Wednesday, the Improvement and Service Committee voted 3-1 against a $15 tax on every vehicle registered in the city. The money would be used for road repairs.

Alder Barb Dorff says she still plans to put her wheel tax proposal on next week's city council agenda.

"While it did fail at committee, I'm not very discouraged. I'm going to bring it forward to council. Something that fails at committee still goes on the council agenda, so, I'll pull this at council on Monday, and we'll let the whole council talk about the wheel tax proposal," Dorff said.

The mayor proposed a $20 wheel tax last year, but the city council threw that out during the budget process in November. At that time, Alder Chris Wery suggested a smaller, $15 fee.

Neighboring De Pere is considering a $20 wheel tax that would help pay for roads and sidewalks and reduce city borrowing about $250,000 a year.

Some cities, including Sheboygan and Kaukauna, adopted the wheel tax as a way to pay for infrastructure repairs and transportation-related city services. Appleton says its wheel tax enacted in 2015 collected more than $1,275,000 in its first year.

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