The Winona County Board of Commissioners has decided not to establish a wheelage tax in the county.
New legislation passed this spring gives outstate counties the option of establishing a wheelage tax to help pay for road repair and upgrades.
But commissioners wanted no part of the tax, which the legislation says would have to be $10 a vehicle each year, even though it's estimated Winona County could see as much as $393,000 a year from the tax.
County Administrator Duane Hebert credited County Highway Engineer Dave Kramer with utilizing 2007 flood reimbursement funds to establish a good repair program. By consensus the board decided they did not want the tax in Winona County now, although it could be brought up sometime in the future.