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Public hearing on wheelage tax scheduled for Tuesday

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news Bemidji, 56619
Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

BEMIDJI — The public will have the opportunity to speak for or against a proposed $10 “wheelage tax” at Tuesday’s meeting of the Beltrami County Board of Commissioners.

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The tax, if approved, would cost auto owners $10 per vehicle, per year, and would go to fund road projects according to county administrator Kay Mack.

The public hearing will take place at the board’s regular meeting at 5 p.m. in the County Administration Building.

Also on the agenda is a bill to consider funding options for an “accelerated highway improvement plan.”

At the work session of their last meeting, a proposed $16 million roads plan was discussed by the board. Profits from the wheelage tax, an estimated $340,000 annually, would cover the debt service on $8 million in bonds the board may seek to help fund road and bridge projects.

An additional $8 million would come from county reserves, which sit at $40.8 million. 

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