There's been a sharp divide on whether to assess a "wheelage tax" that previously was reserved for metropolitan area counties. Minnesota Public Radio News reports that the boards of 40 counties have voted to collect the fee. Backers cast it as a road user fee.
The Winona County Board of Commissioners voted in June to not add the wheelage tax while Olmsted County commissioners this month chose to approve the tax stating next January First......
Others counties are resisting because they have doubts it will net much new money for transportation or lead to spending shell games.
Anoka County commissioners have voted to scrap the $5 wheelage tax previously assessed and will sacrifice $1.3 million. The Legislature said counties could charge $10 or nothing, which Anoka commissioner Scott Schulte says handcuffed counties like his.