City committee delays decision on wheel tax proposal

City committee delays decision on wheel tax proposal
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The City of Madison’s finance committee is delaying a decision on Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway’s $40 vehicle registration fee proposal.

The committee voted just before midnight to refer a decision to its next meeting on Monday, October 21st.

The mayor is proposing the vehicle registration fee, commonly referred to as a wheel tax, to help close a budget gap, with a portion of the money also going to fund the Bus Rapid Transit project.

The city hopes to get the Bus Rapid Transit system up and running in the next few years.

The mayor wants the wheel tax take effect by February, but state law requires 90 days’ notice, meaning the full council needs to pass the new fee before November in order for that to happen.

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