La Crosse Co. one vote from establishing Wheel Tax

Money would be used for road construction

A joint meeting between La Crosse County’s executive and public works & infrastructure committees moved a proposed wheel tax in front of the full county board.

The “Wheel Tax” would charge a $20 fee for anyone registering a car in La Crosse County. The money would fund road construction projects. La Crosse Co. Board Chair Tara Johnson says the committees amended the proposal to set aside 5% of the money for public transportation and non-motorized transportation.

County board members have been moving this forward, saying there are nearly $83 million dollars worth of road construction projects that are not yet funded.

If approved by the full board, the county is looking to start collecting the fee in April.