VOTED DOWN: Council rejects wheel tax increase

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s Council voted unanimously to not raise the wheel tax rate for the coming year.Currently, plated vehicles are charged $10 as part of that surtax. The maximum allowed in Indiana is a $25 charge.The council was examining making the change because additional state funding was going to be distributed based on the wheel tax rate. However, that language was changed in the Senate bill.Rejecting the tax increase was unanimous. “At some point, we need to tighten our belts and not expand our waistline,” said Councilman Paula Reimers. “Our citizenry is hit hard with payroll taxes and healthcare issues.”Other council members agreed.To read the rest of this story, see the June 5 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook and twitter.