For the first time in its history, the City of Janesville will be charging vehicle owners an annual municipal wheel tax.
Coming on the heels of alarming shortfalls in state aid for local roads
from Gov. Scott Walker, Janesville city government expects to raise
about $550,000 annually from the new $10 tax to replace the lost
Of course local taxpayers won't be seeing a corresponding tax
cut from the state for receiving less state aid, that's a story for
another time. But judging from a recent op-ed and comments made by
officials of the local politically active pro-Walker business group,
Forward Janesville, the I39/90 interstate expansion will likely cost
taxpayers the loss of even more money in local road state aid.
I've been writing about the I-39/90 boondoggle
for a while, too. Good to see more people calling it out as wasteful and misdirected.
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