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Marathon County passes $25 wheel tax

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The Marathon County board passed a $25 wheel tax Tuesday night.

License plate renewals will go up for Marathon County drivers December 1, 2016. The increase is only in place for one year.

The decision didn't come easy, board members spent time debating the issue, many saying they didn't see any other option.

"I hate seeing us have to do this," said Marathon Co. board vice-chair Lee Peek. "Our infrastructure, our roads are so vitally important, it really is the pulse to our community."

The tax will give the county nearly $3 million dollars in one year. The money will only be used for county roads, as soon as the road hits city limits it isn't covered anymore.

The money from a wheel tax has to be used for road infrastructure. While board supervisors said the tax is only for one year, nothing says it can't go up for vote again. Supervisors did express concern over that and hope to hold public hearings.

The money will not be shared with local municipalities.

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