The Winona County Board will consider whether to implement a new tax on vehicles that would be applied when an owner renews his tabs. It is a new fee that the Minnesota Legislature recently allowed counties to collect.
The $10 tax would be imposed each time a vehicle owner purchases tabs, and the proceeds could only be used for highway improvements.
The board will discuss the measure Tuesday during its committee of the board meeting, when it will determine if it would like to add the item to a future agenda for an official vote.
Supporters of the bill argue that there are more than 14,000 miles of roads in the state not eligible for state gas tax funds, and that counties have a hard time keeping up with maintenance costs. Legislation originally called for a vehicle tax up to $20, but the amount was reduced because the state Department of Motor Vehicle Services will not have a computer system capable of collecting that amount for another four years. The Department of Motor Vehicle Services will collect the tax, and then distribute it to Minnesota counties.
The Winona County Board will meet Tuesday at 9 a.m. at the County Government Center on Main Street.