Last November the Milwaukee County Board overwhelmingly rejected a $60 wheel tax proposed by County Executive Chris Abele and voted instead to slash spending.
Abele then said he would allow the budget to take effect without vetoing the board’s changes.
The vote was 16-2 in support of a budget amendment offered by Board Chairman Theo Lipscomb. The amendment kept the current $30 vehicle registration fee that the board enacted in 2016. Supervisors Deanna Alexander and Marina Dimitrijevic were the two votes against Lipscomb’s amendment.
Ideally a wheel tax is supposed to fund transportation. But I submit there was no guarantee Milwaukee County would have used wheel tax revenue for transportation purposes.
Witness New London.