Brown County Board Talking Taxes 25 Jun 13

The Brown County Board today (TUE) is scheduled to consider imposing a new wheelage tax of $10 per-vehicle on county residents beginning next year. The 2013 Legislature approved of allowing Minnesota counties to expand their wheelage tax authority. The tax applies to most vehicles except motorcycles, trailers and collector vehicles. Brown County could raise an additional $286,000 annually with the implementation of the new tax, but needs to notify the state by August 1st if it intends to do so. The county’s new Five-Year Construction Plan shows an unmet need of nearly $19-million in transportation projects. County Commissioners will also be considering imposing a new Local Option Sales Tax of up to one-half of one-percent for transportation projects. That new tax would raise over $1.1-million in a year. The Brown County Board meeting begins at 9am today at the county courthouse in New Ulm.