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Public weighs in on proposed $60 (or $30) wheel tax; Abele calls it “single most important budget issue”

MILWAUKEE COUNTY -- Some in Milwaukee County want elected officials to "park" a proposal calling for a so-called "wheel tax."

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele has proposed, as part of his 2017 budget, a $60/year vehicle registration fee to help cover transportation costs -- and Milwaukee County supervisors on Monday, October 31st fired back with an alternative.

Supervisors wanted to hear public input on the proposal before they vote on it next week, so a hearing was held on Monday evening.

Public hearing on 2017 Milwaukee County budget

Public hearing on 2017 Milwaukee County budget

"I`m here to object to either a $30 wheel tax or $60 wheel tax," Carol Eastman said.

Many during the public hearing on the 2017 Milwaukee County budget focused on what Abele has called the "single most important issue" in his budget.

Public hearing on 2017 Milwaukee County budget

"Because we`re going to need it. Otherwise, we`re going to have to face some really dire choices," Abele said.

"I am more than willing and happy to pay $60 to support mass transit," a Milwaukee County resident said.

"As much as we all hate to pay taxes, this great country was built on taxes," a Milwaukee County resident said.

Abele has proposed a $60/year vehicle registration fee to cover items like road maintenance and repairs. County supervisors proposed a $30/year alternative on Monday morning.

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"I think we`re getting as much as possible at $30," Milwaukee County Supervisor Sheldon Wasserman said.

Wasserman said some sort of fee increase is needed to avoid bus fare hikes and cuts to routes.

Public hearing on 2017 Milwaukee County budget

"Sometimes you have to bite the bullet and you have to pay for services," Wasserman said.

But others, like Supervisor Michael Mayo joined a chorus of citizens opposed to the idea.

"I don`t support a $30 or a $60 wheel tax," Mayo said.

"No new things until you`ve paid for the old things," a Milwaukee County resident said.

If passed at $60/year, city of Milwaukee residents stand to pay the most. They would pay the $75 state vehicle registration fee, a $20 city of Milwaukee wheel tax and possibly, the $60 vehicle registration fee.

Proposed "wheel tax" in Milwaukee County

Abele was invited to Monday evening's public forum, but he did not show up. Instead, several of his staff members represented him at the hearing.

11 comments

  • KILWAUKEE

    Dumbest city on earth. Spends 500 million on the stupid bucks stadium and 14 million on a stupid trolley that only travels around downtown. So to make up for it they need to tax the citizens of Milwaukee. DUMBEST CITY ON EARTH.

      • James

        I wouldn’t call them stupid Democrats, just reckless. I think most Dems and Repub citizens can get behind the idea that the Trolley is going to be a failure. Is that damn thing even happening still?

      • marcus wilson

        i wish that stupid trolley was only 14 million try 64 million and climbing. tommy and chrissy want to play engineer on that line these hacks are so far out of reality but yet they keep getting re-elected so who is dumber the hacks or the people that vote for them

  • Jim

    Typical democratic solution tax tax and more tax then at election time tell everyone how you are for the middle class then tax some more. In 4 years same story!!!
    Wake up Milwaukee stop electing these fools over & over

  • confused

    It’s so important that I have other plans. Coward. I’ve been spouting this every time M needs $. Use the trolley $. Ask the Bucks for $. Instead of making everything $25 to $50 “fine” for the indigent which they seem to just have on them-make them pay the full price of the fines, Check out their FB posts-see the cash-take the cash.How about the gangs, thugs, felons, etc pay a You Committed crime in Milwaukee Tax at $60 per offense-like the proposed $60 per vehicle tax? Or As the Coward said-it’s only $5 a month.So the riders can pay it, can’t they? A packs of smokes? A haircut? A case of soda or beer? A family size bag of chips? This continuous sacrificing of working families for the under privileged is making the working families an ever thinning cash cow. Only so much to go around. THEY are already skipping smokes and haircuts, chips, movies. They are throwing on sweaters & tuning down the thermostat. Sweating it out over the summer to keep costs down, carpooling, Why are they the ones always going without?

  • Dorothy Labelle

    just because for what ever reason you are not able to own a car and have to ride the bus WHY THEN SHOULD THOSE OF US WHO DO OWN CARS HAVE TO PAY FOR YOUR TRANSIT SERVICES. ABELE, YOU HAVE NO IDEA OF THE IMPACT THIS WILL HAVE ON THOSE OF US ALREADY STRUGGLING WITH THE FEE RIGHT NOW I SAY NO MORE TAX HIKES JUST CAUSE YOU CANT MANAGE YOUR OWN BUDGET!!!

  • marcus wilson

    once again those people in charge of gov.t stick it to us. these political hacks can’t figure out ways to stay in their budgets so they stick it to us taxpayers. if you can’t afford something find ways to delete it go without or take money from other projects. im sick and tired of people like ablie stealing our hard earned money for his political agenda. between him and ther useless board maybe its time for a metro gov’t without the blasted county

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