10/4/17 – Beaver Dam Mayor Becky Glewen supports a wheel tax to help pay for road repairs. Alderman Robert Ballweg introduced the idea in committee last month to tax residents $20 per vehicle. Glewen told us Friday on WBEV’s Community Comment that because of state-imposed budget restraints a municipal vehicle registration fee would be fair a way to fund road projects by users. She says its not a question of the roads being in bad condition but how it will be addressed either by borrowing or paying for it outright, like a mixture of both. Because were are so behind, Glewen says it will take some borrowing but another school of thought is the wheel tax because we would be paying for road repairs right now. Glewen says it is not a good idea to rely solely on borrowing to pay for roads. She says roads need to be a priority and by finding revenue from multiple areas the city is poised to see an improvement. The $20 per vehicle fee is estimated to generate an estimated $300-thousand dollars which would be able to sealcoat eight miles of streets or fund eight blocks of mill and overlay projects or pay for two blocks of complete street reconstruction.