BD Residents Could Face New Vehicle Fee

7/19/11 – City residents in Beaver Dam could soon be paying a $10 fee for each car they own. Director of Facilities David Stoiser says the annual registration fee was suggested by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation to supplement cuts in funding that are outlined in the new state budget. As part of the budget repair bill, the city is anticipating a $66,000 reduction in road funds from the DOT. Stoiser says there are 15,714 vehicles registered in the city and a $10 fee would bring in $157,000. A $5 fee was also discussed which would cover most of the anticipated $66,000 shortfall in road funds. The proposed vehicle fee ordinance was brought before the city’s Operations Committee last night and while there was no vote in support or against the new fee, the matter was forwarded on to the Administration Committee for consideration. Also last night, the Operations Committee tabled discussion on a proposal that would limit the amount of brush city residents can leave in front of their house for pick-up by the Department of Public Works. The plan would also limit the amount of brush that residents could drop-off in one day at the DPW garage.