Anoka County Board votes to end wheelage tax

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  • Updated: July 27, 2013 - 5:41 PM

Anoka County, one of the first in the state to adopt a wheelage tax to help maintain roads and bridges, has repealed the $5-per-vehicle charge. The tax will rise to $10 on Jan. 1 in counties that already have it and be $10 in counties that newly implement it.

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dad2fourJul. 28, 13 8:27 AM

Kudos to the Anoka County Board. They continue to lead by cutting costs and reducing the burden on taxpayers. Way to go folks!

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nmhoodJul. 28, 1311:40 AM

Here's the problem: whether this tax is dropped or not, Anoka County will be spending the scheduled $8 million in road maintenance. Now, instead of being paid for by drivers of automobiles, it'll likely be snatched out of the other way county governments are funded: property taxes. This short-sighted dropping of the wheelage tax disproportionately punishes people who do not drive, or people who continue to use old automobiles. This is a classic example of not reducing the overall tax burden, but merely shifting it and then calling it a victory.

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bumswrapJul. 28, 1312:06 PM

Great!!! Now I can afford to...buy an extra scoop of ice cream once per year! Whoopy! Too bad the shortfall will either be made up from people who don't drive, or not be made up at all, and will thus cause poor roads and, you guessed it, more and higher repair bills for all those potholes we will run into that will be much greater than a measly $10. And for those not in the know, Anoka County is King when it comes to potholes. Soooo...nice going, Anoka County Board! A greater bunch of short sighted folks has never before been assembled. I will enjoy that ice cream, though.

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markoakesJul. 29, 13 9:11 PM

how about you tax me and provide smooth safe roads. I don't want to live in a toilet so I dont mind reasonable taxes. I like being able to call 911 and the police or fire dept show up. I like great schools to ensure our future. I like safe water. I like safe food. taxes are what pays for these things so I don't mind some taxes. I want to cut waste but not services.

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texas_technomanJul. 30, 13 8:47 AM

Another conservative shell game. GOP loves to cut spending; but it ends up getting pushed all the way down to a local level, then the local government is either a bad guy because they have to raise property taxes; or services and infrastructure go to pot in a handbasket.

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ACWTCHDGJul. 30, 13 9:34 AM

nmhood & bumswrap. A LITTLE research can go a long way before posting inconsistent diatribes. There will be NO cutting of transportation funding and there will be no adding to the property tax levy. There will be INCREASED spending on roads and bridges and a reduced property tax levy for the third consecutive year. Massive increases in efficiencies and huge reductions in waste and fraud will fund the repeal of the wheelage tax for this year for sure and likely many years to come. And FYI, any county in any year can declare the tax instated for the subsequent year as of August 1st in the current year. See... kinda easy, huh?

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nmhoodJul. 30, 1310:08 AM

ACWTCHDG - My problem with the move is not that funding will be more or less, it's that it is directing funds from a form of direct taxation to one of indirect taxation. I will bet that Anoka County will have wheelage taxation back within 5 years.

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scubadoo68Jul. 30, 13 4:53 PM

I don't usually side with conservatives but they make some good points here. The property tax in Anoka County actually went down this year (the last three years according to one post). Also, we all use roads whether you own a vehicle or not.

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arspartzJul. 30, 13 5:31 PM

taxes are what pays for these things so I don't mind some taxes. I want to cut waste but not services.

You only mention a few "services" that taxes pay for. I agree, I will willingly pay taxes for essential services. The problem is that taxes provide far more than just essential services. Services that benefit on a small percentage of the population. Many of the services are much more wisely paid for with fees for the users. Park/Rec and transit are the best example of this.

Taxes also fund uncounted numbers of programs that do nothing but transfer wealth from one person to another.

Taxes for essential services are great, it's the multitude of other spending that people rebel against.

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arspartzJul. 30, 13 5:33 PM

Did public transit vehicles and school buses also pay this tax? If not, why do they not have to pay for the maintenance of the very same roads everybody else uses?

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