Indiana county proposes wheel tax

| 6/6/2002

An Indiana 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.

According 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 the county.

If the 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.