Monday, January 14, 2019

Wheel tax passed in Bellevue

The Village of Bellevue Board of Trustees approved the implementation of a municipal vehicle registration fee (a.k.a. wheel tax) in the Village of Bellevue (4 in favor; 1 opposed).

Staff proposed the wheel tax as one of several measures to help pay for the rising cost of road repair and reconstruction and provide some relief to property owners by using the wheel tax revenues to subsidize special assessments.

The wheel tax will NOT eliminate special assessments, but will provide a revenue stream to help reduce special assessments.  The next steps to special assessment relief is to amend the existing village ordinance which requires the village to assess 100% of the cost to property owners.  Staff will present a proposed amendment to the ordinance to allow for subsidies to assessed property owners at the January 23rd board meeting.

How much is the fee?  $20/registered vehicle

What will the money be used for?  The state requires the revenue from wheel taxes be used for transportation.  The village board voted to further direct 100% of the revenues to subsidies to reduce special assessments for repair and reconstruction of existing roads. 

How much is overhead/administration?  Wisconsin DMV retains 17 cents of each registration fee.  The rest goes directly towards special assessment relief.

How much will the village receive?  Currently, there are approximately 7,000 vehicles registered in Bellevue.  We believe there are many more in the village, but are registered in the City of Green Bay due to our shared zip code.  You may check your vehicle registration here:  Check vehicle registration information

When will vehicle owners pay the fee?  Beginning with vehicles with registrations due in May of this year, vehicle owners in Bellevue will pay the additional $20 fee at the time they register their vehicle and will pay the fee annually each time they register their vehicle.

How long will the wheel tax be in effect? The board voted to implement the wheel tax until December 31, 2021.  Prior to this sunset date, the board may vote to extend it, or continue it indefinitely.

Are any vehicles exempt from the fee?  Yes. Below is a list of exempt vehicles.
  • Buses, motorcycles, mopeds, motor homes, low-speed vehicles and trailers.
  • Trucks registered at more than 8,000 pounds or registered as Farm or Dual Purpose Farm.
  • Vehicles registered as Antique, Collector, Driver education, Historic military vehicle, Hobbyist, Human service vehicle, Low-speed vehicle, Medal of honor, Municipal, State-owned, Special X and one vehicle with Ex-prisoner of war registration issued to any qualified individual.
  • Any vehicle with registration issued by a Wisconsin Indian tribe or band.
  • Vehicles displaying Dealer, Distributor, Finance company or Manufacturer plates.
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Bingo at the Bellevue Community Center: 2019 Dates

The Bellevue Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department is again offering monthly bingo as a fun way to get through these winter months.  Bingo is offered on the 3rd and 5th Thursdays of the month from 1:00-3:00pm.

The 2019 bingo schedule for the first half of the year is as follows:
Thursday, January 17
Thursday, January 31
Thursday, February 21:  Mardi Gras Party:  Dress up for Mardi Gras and get 1 FREE bingo card
Thursday, March 21
Thursday, April 18:  Brewer's Bingo:  WEAR MILWAUKEE BREWERS gear and get 1 FREE bingo card
Thursday, May 16
Thursday, May 30:  Food Drive:  Donate 2 non-perishable FOOD ITEMS and get 1 FREE bingo card
Thursday, June 20

Bingo cards are $0.50 each.  All money collected is given out as prizes, ranging from $3-$10 per game.  All equipment is provided, bingo daubers are not allowed.
Come join us for bingo at the Bellevue Community Center, 1811 Allouez Avenue.

Scam alert! - Scammers are posing as water utlity workers to gain entry to your home.

There have been reports in our area that a man has been attempting to gain entry into Green Bay area homes by posing a water utility employee. 

All Village of Bellevue sewer and water utility employees carry Village ID badges and drive red vehicles with the village logo on the door panel.

If someone comes to your door asking for entry, and you're not sure if they are a village employee, ask for their name and contact the village offices at  920-468-5225 Extension 4 to verify.

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We're Hiring: Utility Billing/Administrative Assistant (Part-Time)

Utility Billing/Administrative Assistant (Part-Time) - The Village of Bellevue is looking for a dedicated individual for the position of utility billing/administrative assistant.  This part-time position serves as the first point of contact for customers in person and on the phone; provides utility billing support, maintains records, and provides administrative assistance to department directors.  The average work week will be 12 hours +/- depending upon Village needs and candidate strengths. Starting pay is $15.13-$15.80/hour +/- DOQ.

A complete job description can be found by clicking here.
Interested applicants should download and complete the Village's application from the Village’s website at and submit it, along with a current resume and list of three (3) professional references to Applications may also be received via mail or drop-off at:

Village of Bellevue, ATTN: Human Resources
2828 Allouez Avenue
Bellevue, WI 54311

The position is open until filled, with the first review of applications occurring on Thursday, January 24th.