County approves wheelage tax
The County Board of Commissioners, after a public transportation hearing on Tuesday evening, July 21, approved a wheelage tax. This will allow for a charge of $10 added to vehicle license tab renewals, starting in calendar year 2016.
Funds will go to specific county roadway improvement as part of a 25-year transportation plan also approved by county board members.
The wheelage tax will increase to an additional $20 per vehicle starting in calendar year 2018.
Otter Tail County has a funding gap of $10.3 million for roadway maintenance. The county is larger in size than the state of Rhode Island and paved roads total 1,062 miles.
“The backbone of the highway system in Otter Tail County requires lots of financial investment,” said County Engineer Rick West.
West said a wheelage tax of $10 per vehicle, authorized for counties by the Minnesota State Legislature, would add $586,650 annually for roadway maintenance in Otter Tail County.
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