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Wheel tax helps with upgrades, maintenance

Drivers have paid more than $17 million in a county tax on vehicle registrations during the past five years, which has paid to repave roads, patch potholes and redesign intersections.

The Johnson County Council reapproved the county wheel tax last year for another five years. Motorists pay the tax, which ranges from $15 to $40, when they register a vehicle or trailer.

Local officials said the wheel tax has helped pay for projects that either would have been delayed or not done at all. The taxes have helped street departments keep up on paving, patch potholes, pay for equipment and replace sidewalks and street signs.

The wheel tax also is the only option counties currently have to increase the amount of road funding local communities get, county council member Beth Boyce said.

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