county was scheduled to vote Tuesday night on a tax proposal
that would affect every privately owned vehicle registered in
Tippecanoe County. Supporters of the tax say it is needed to
replace an estimated $2 million in highway funds cut by the
legislature this year.
to the Lafayette Journal and Courier, the Tippecanoe County
Council is considering the Local Option Highway User Tax, or
wheel tax, as a source of revenue for road improvements for
tax is passed, owners of smaller vehicles would reportedly pay
excise surtax, based on either a flat rate or a percentage of
their excise taxes, but a minimum of $7.50. And owners of large
vehicles, such as trucks more than 11,000 pounds, would pay
a flat rate, ranging from $5 to $40 a vehicle.