Grand Islanders may be paying more in wheel tax fees than was originally proposed if the Grand Island City Council approves the fees at its meeting Tuesday night.
At the Aug. 15 City Council meeting, it was estimated that the wheel tax fees would be $10 for motorcycles, $20 for passenger vehicles, $50 for large commercial vehicles and $5 for trailers. In her City Council agenda memo, Finance Director Renae Jimenez said she and City Attorney Jerry Janulewicz met with Hall County Treasurer Peg Pesek to “discuss some logistics on timing and the fee the county treasurer would collect.” She added in her memo that it was determined that a wheel tax fee could not be assessed on trailers because trailers do not have a motor in them.
It was also determined, Jimenez said, that, by state statute, the county treasurer is allowed to collect a 2 percent fee for its services in collecting the wheel tax fee.
The wheel tax is expected to generate $1.5 million for the city. With the 2 percent fee and not being able to charge the wheel tax fee on trailers, the proposed fees are as followed:
— Passenger vehicles: $22.50
— Large commercial vehicles: $52.50
The City Council will consider approving an amendment to chapter 22 of the city code to allow for a motor vehicle fee — or wheel tax.
It voted 6-4 at its Aug. 15 meeting to approve a resolution of intent to allow for the addition of a wheel tax. Council members Roger Steele, Chuck Haase, Julie Hehnke and Vaughn Minton voted no. Due to Councilwoman Michelle Fitzke being absent, Mayor Jeremy Jensen cast the tie-breaking vote to approve the resolution of intent.
Jimenez said if the amendment is approved by the City Council Tuesday night, the earliest the wheel tax fee could be implemented is Nov. 1. The proposed ordinance states the revenue generated from the wheel tax fees must be credited to the city’s road fund and used only for roads purposes.
The City Council will also have a discussion regarding the fiscal 2018 budget for the Community Redevelopment Authority. After concern from the City Council about the CRA’s high levy amount and current cash on-hand, Regional Planning Director Chad Nabity suggested the CRA send the amended budget back to the City Council with the levy change.
The CRA voted 4-0 at its Aug. 10 meeting to lower its mill levy request from 2.6 mills…