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Posted on: November 1, 2018

Wheel Tax Frequently Asked Questions

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As you may know, Mayor Nickels is proposing a Wheel Tax for the City of Manitowoc.  Here are some frequently asked questions that citizens may have regarding the Wheel Tax specifically for Manitowoc:

  • A wheel tax is applied to your annual vehicle registration fee
    • You pay this annually on every vehicle you own
    • Only vehicles registered in the City of Manitowoc apply
  • Some vehicles are exempt
  • The recommendation for Manitowoc is $20 per vehicle
    • This is NOT per wheel, it is total for the vehicle
    • EX: Annual registration for a typical vehicle is currently $75 – in Manitowoc it would be $95 annually
  • The wheel tax would completely eliminate special assessments on roads starting Jan. 1, 2019
  • The State of Wisconsin keeps around $0.17 per registration; $19.83 would be returned to the City of Manitowoc
  • Click here to view the most up to date proposed ordinance as of 11/13/2018
  • Per the ordinance, the Common Council will review this annually to ensure all revenues are associated with road maintenance and nothing else


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