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.