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Editorial: Wheelage tax is key to better roads

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opinion Willmar, 56201

Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners next week will consider implementing a $10 wheelage tax in 2014 on the majority of vehicles registered in the county.

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It is an idea whose time has come.

Kandiyohi County and other west central Minnesota counties have all faced the challenge of flat and/or decreasing transportation funding and the growing costs of road construction.

As Commissioner Doug Reese said in April, “rural Minnesota is being shortchanged” on transportation.

The Legislature in 2013 failed to implement a comprehensive transportation plan, so Kandiyohi County and other countries have continued to defer basic maintenance and delay expansion and/or improvement project.

This results in safety concerns, mounting congestion in some areas and economic growth restrictions for businesses and commuters.

The Legislature approve allowing Kandiyohi and other counties to consider implementing a maximum $10-pervehicle wheelage tax. The state would collect the fee when a license fees are paid yearly and reimburse the county.

Kandiyohi County has significant road maintenance and repair needs and needs a steady funding source. A wheelage tax is a fair user fee that helps limit transportation funding burdens from increasing property taxes.

The wheelage tax is a viable funding option that the Kandiyohi County Board should strongly consider.

The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners next week will consider implementing a $10 wheelage tax in 2014 on the majority of vehicles registered in the county.

It is an idea whose time has come.

Kandiyohi County and other west central Minnesota counties have all faced the challenge of flat and/or decreasing transportation funding and the growing costs of road construction.

As Commissioner Doug Reese said in April, “rural Minnesota is being shortchanged” on transportation.

The Legislature in 2013 failed to implement a comprehensive transportation plan, so Kandiyohi County and other countries have continued to defer basic maintenance and delay expansion and/or improvement project.

This results in safety concerns, mounting congestion in some areas and economic growth restrictions for businesses and commuters.

The Legislature approve allowing Kandiyohi and other counties to consider implementing a maximum $10-pervehicle wheelage tax. The state would collect the fee when a license fees are paid yearly and reimburse the county.

Kandiyohi County has significant road maintenance and repair needs and needs a steady funding source. A wheelage tax is a fair user fee that helps limit transportation funding burdens from increasing property taxes.

The wheelage tax is a viable funding option that the Kandiyohi County Board should strongly consider.

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