WHEEL TAX BEYOND DEBATE: (From the Muncie Star Press http://www.thestarpress.com/article/20130425/OPINION01/304250043/OUR-VIEW-Wheel-tax-almost-beyond-debate?nclick_check=1) Since the local press has taken a silent seat regarding the Wheel Tax, Goliath thought he would bring in some voices from other Indiana Counties facing the same dad blasted dilemma. StarPress wrote:
Nobody likes to pay taxes, especially one that is collected when buying already expensive license plates for cars and trucks, but at just $25 a year for a car, this fee is reasonable and affordable. It’s the only source of revenue restricted to buying asphalt and other materials for road repair and construction.
Last year, Muncie and the county each received roughly $1 million. The tax helped pave about 32 miles of road in the county, and 30 miles in the city. It’s helped fill the gap as local road and street funds, generated by a tax on gasoline, have fallen over the years.
There’s also another compelling reason to have a wheel tax: The state is strongly encouraging counties to enact one if they want to share in state money for transportation projects. All East Central Indiana counties except Blackford have a wheel tax.
Goliath also offers this here:
If your municipality is considering implementation of this fee, several factors should be considered. The benefits of such a fee include the fact that it represents both a reliable and predictable revenue source. Based upon existing statistics, a city in the State of Wisconsin with a population of approximately 5,000 with a $10 per vehicle wheel tax will result in approximately $50,000 each year. For a larger city of approximately 35,000 to 40,000, revenues generally range from $270,000 to $275,000, and for a city of approximately 60,000, it may result in revenues of $500,000 to $600,000 per year. In Illinois, the City of Chicago anticipates collecting $116M during this fiscal year. Cook County, Illinois, has budgeted $2M for its wheel tax, which is collected from vehicles registered in unincorporated areas.
Arguments against the implementation of a wheel tax include the political ramifications that can result from additional fees being imposed upon its citizens. In addition, it has been argued that the tax punishes local residents since suburban residents utilizing city streets are not required to pay the tax. In the state of Wisconsin, the wheel tax does not apply to heavy trucks, some of which may cause a disproportionate level of deterioration of roads. And last, once a local government adopts the ordinance and begins to rely upon this dependable revenue source, it becomes difficult to move away from, much like an annuity that is eventually seen as a necessity.
When considering implementation of the wheel tax, finance officers and the governing body should consider many of the factors described above to evaluate the overall impact this capital-related revenue source can have on their government. ARTICLE:http://www.bakertilly.com/Wheel-Tax-Panacea-or-Pandoras-Box
Goliath see that there has been an ATTEMPT to discuss the Wheel Tax over on the CCC . Unfortunately, it pretty much devolves into the following thoughts: A. Kevin Vissing: “We hate You Since you are a POLITICIAN” B. WHEEL TAX=BAD Get your hands out my pockets!!! THis here a REGRESSIVE TAX on the POOR and DOWNTRODDEN. And C. Kevin and Kelly Khuri and Greg Fifer actually trying to get some sensible things said…at least for support for their point of view.
Goliath probably messed up and He apologize in advance if Goliath got you wrong. Tina, Matt and HT just make my eyeballs roll back into viewing necrotic braintissue glaze with their predictable ranting about TAX IS BAD. Yeah.. Tax is Bad …Goliath agrees. but Dumb moves in 2007 messed up the County …as they told us ..FOR YEARS. What you gonna do? Would you like to fix that pot hole Mr. School Bus Driver?
So, for now, until somebody convince me different…Goliath will say what needs to be said. GO AHEAD AN PASS A DAD BLASTED WHEEL TAX. ~~
(Note: Diane Lane got nothing whatsoever to do with this here debate but Goliath MUST have something to inspire him to write. Goliath believes Diane Lane is in favor of the wheel tax.)