Fort Wayne City Council gives preliminary approval to wheel tax

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): We’re one step closer to a new wheel tax for Fort Wayne residents.

The City Council voted 5-4 last night in favor of the proposal in a preliminary vote, according to 21Alive, charging $20 a year for normal cars, $12.50 a year for motorcycles, mopeds, RVs and trailers, and $40 for larger vehicles.

Supporters say they need the additional money to cover shortfalls in road funding. It’s expected to bring in about $6-million a year.

Only a handful of people showed up to speak out against the tax last night.

According to the Journal Gazette, Democrats Geoff Paddock and Glynn Hines, as well as Republicans Tom Freistroffer, Tom Didier, and John Crawford, voted in favor of the measure.

The proposal faces another vote on June 14th. If it passes then, it’ll become law in 2017.


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