Van Buren County wheel tax
By Kim Swindell Wood | February 6, 2019 9:55 am
There has been much talk and conversation by a few that have never had the facts about the wheel tax proposal for Van Buren County. There was reaction before finding out the facts, and it was proceeded upon with what they deemed to be their perception without asking pertinent questions.
One pertinent fact is that once the petition was filed for a wheel tax referendum, by state statue, a special election for a wheel tax must be conducted no less than 75 days but no more than 90 days once the election commission approved the petition. This election will cost the county around $15,000-$18,000.
There are rumors that the wheel tax could go as high as $100 per vehicle. This is not true. The county commission capped the wheel tax at $30. The wheel tax will start at $10 per vehicle. The need for this is to pay for additional positions in the Van Buren County Jail. This wheel tax will not pay for all the new positions in the jail, but the increase in litigation tax will assist in this. The $10 wheel tax is implemented to assist with the offset of this cost increase.
We do feel the best alternative to a property tax increase is this plan where all residents of Van Buren County would pay, not just property owners. It is a fair tax for all.
Van Buren County Mayor Greg Wilson