Hennepin, Ramsey counties approve $10 wheelage tax

  • Article by: ROCHELLE OLSON and KEVIN DUCHSCHERE , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: July 16, 2013 - 8:24 PM

Over the objections of some commissioners, the road-maintenance fee was approved for the first time in Hennepin and Ramsey counties.

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county23Jul. 16, 1311:59 AM

It might make it easier to choke down this extra $10 per vehicle if all the money collected goes to fixing the roads, repairing bridges and not adding a bunch of bike trails.

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bebebigaloJul. 16, 1312:06 PM

Time for me to become a county commissioner.

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cecc0011Jul. 16, 1312:09 PM

Perhaps the counties should consider other pricing strategies that don't raise the sunk cost of car ownership (further inducing driving habits). With this wheelage tax, a car-owner who drives occasionally in short trips is charged the same as someone commuting daily for 20 miles. 2 strategies that directly charge users for the roads they drive on and the amount they actually use their vehicle: 1) Implement market pricing on roads at peak traffic times (similar to MnPass), and 2) actually charge market pricing for parking spaces, both on-street and in county/city owned ramps. If places like Lowertown St Paul truly have "parking problems" (as so many residents and visitors complain) then it is because the existing supply (very generous) is under-priced. Use these funds to supplement street and road (different things!) improvement and maintenance.

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bluedevil101Jul. 16, 1312:17 PM

Pay up Ramsey County!

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conniemercerJul. 16, 1312:19 PM

Money, money, money! The DFL just can't get enough of our money! Nickels and dimes add up to dollars. The DFL is out of control.

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leftwingnewsJul. 16, 1312:19 PM

Maybe if we didn't have to pay for trains, rapid bus lines, street cars, bikes, and all other transportation that our gas tax and vehicle taxes are used for.

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EleanoreJul. 16, 1312:23 PM

If you allow people to attack you to fund their personal schemes, they will see how far they can go. Repeal this attack today.

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ughleftJul. 16, 1312:25 PM

It would be easier to pay the extra $10 if our money wasn't already being wasted on folks that choose not to work. I wonder what the next $10 tax will be on.

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cecc0011Jul. 16, 1312:25 PM

@county23 - it might make it easier for you to choke down, since: the general taxpayer is still funding roads and streets (more every year, bicycles require less than a third the dedicated street space (by width), and bicycles produce a small fraction of the wear and tear on pavement that cars do, I think it will be just fine to continue to improve mobility options for people who choose to bike instead of drive.

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EleanoreJul. 16, 1312:46 PM

the general public funds roads because generally that's how thier food, clothing, and shelter is delivered to them. Next time I see anything shipped regularly by Bicycle or walking path I'll submit an announcement. the general public should be paying for raods because they don't just use them, they depend on them.

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