Chisago County adds wheelage tax

County boards in more than half of Minnesota’s 87 counties have voted to implement a $10 per vehicle wheelage tax in 2014 to use toward local road and bridge improvements, taking advantage of a change in state law that expanded the authority to impose this tax from the seven-county metro area to the entire state. The wheelage tax is added to license tab renewal fees and the revenues must be used for highway purposes.

The tax will be imposed next year in 47 counties. Chisago County will impose the tax for the first time, while Anoka and Washington counties currently collect it. Beginning in 2018, the cap will be raised to $20 and counties will have the flexibility to set the amount of the tax anywhere up to the cap.