Gardner Rejects Wheel Tax

Town of Gardner officials are looking to come up with more money to maintain roads, but on March 8, the town board rejected one possible way of doing that: a wheel tax.

Town chair Carl Waterstreet said he believes town residents are being taxed enough by living in the Southern Door School District, so he said the town will seek other options to increase its road budget, such as with additional state funding.

Local municipalities have considered charging a wheel tax – the City of Sturgeon Bay and the County of Door have discussed it during the past year, for example – but no municipalities on the peninsula have implemented one. The tax, which the municipality would set, is added to a vehicle’s regular annual registration fee, and revenue from the tax must be used for transportation-related services.