Beaver Dam Council Gets Street Update In Advance Of Wheel Tax Vote

12/5/17 – The Beaver Dam Common Council Monday night heard a presentation on road maintenance in advance of a vote in two weeks on the possible implementation of a $20-wheel tax. City Engineering Coordinator Ritchie Piltz broke down the lifespan of the 68 miles of asphalt and concrete roads in the city and outlined various funding sources. According to an annual evaluation of streets called a PASER (paze-er) rating, over five miles of roads in the city need complete reconstruction at a combined cost of $13.5-million dollars and 19 miles need resurfacing at a cost of $10.4-million. Piltz says rehabilitation options are limited because of state imposed revenue limits, stagnant state transportation funding and rising costs for road improvements. In addition, the city council has a self-imposed borrowing limit of $1.6-million dollars annually, a pot of money that is split with infrastructure and equipment needs of all city departments. Piltz says approximately $280-thousand dollars could be generated through a wheel tax.  Charlotte Toth was one of three city residents in attendance at last night’s meeting holding a protest sign opposing the wheel tax. Toth says she does not have the only multi-car family in the city and she wants officials to find alternative funding sources for road maintenance. If approved by the common council later this month, it would take three months for the state Department of Transportation to begin collecting the tax on vehicles weighing 8000-pounds or less. The wheel tax would expire in two years. Vehicles exempt from the registration fee include antique, collector, ex-prisoner of war, historic military, hobbyist, Medal of Honor, motorcycle, mopeds and motor homes. The presentation Piltz gave last night is being posted on the city website today.