Minnesota Counties Debate “Wheelage Tax”

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ALBERT LEA, Mn — Some Minnesota counties are on the fence when it comes to a new tax.

Several Minnesota counties are exploring implementing a new “Wheelage Tax”.

The new tax would charge an additional ten dollars on vehicle license tabs renewals to help generate money for county highway budgets.

Locally, Freeborn and Mower counties are a few that have voted for the tax.

Although, many counties still have decision to make, facing a Thursday deadline to accept the tax.

“A lot of elected officials think long and hard as to whether it’s the best thing for their constituents,” Freeborn County Administrator John Kluever said. “That’s, a lot of these votes like ours was 3-2 and I think you’re going to see even the counties that are passing it, don’t have a unanimous vote possible.”

Currently, about 43 Minnesota counties have voted to collect the fee.

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