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Increase in license plate renewal might help rebuild roads in Warrick County

NEWBURGH, IN (WFIE) -

Commissioners will discuss increasing the wheel surtax in Warrick County.

What does this mean for taxpayers?

"That money would come in and help us with roads and sidewalks and fixing our streets," says Lori Buehlman, Newburgh Town Manager.

Buehlman says the town needs as much road repair funding as it can get.

"Property tax caps back in 2008 and has limited dollars coming into small towns," says Buehlman. "We always have a list of streets that need attention."

County Commissioner Don Williams says increasing the wheel surtax to what it was in 2000 is the answer.

"When people renew their license plates, it would cost them between $15 and $25 more a year, says Williams.

That depends on the make and year of your car. So for example, if you drive a car that is older than 2006, it might not cost you anything. Williams says without the wheel surtax, Warrick is not eligible for the $2-million loan, which is interest free and good for 10-years. He also says this has worked for other counties.

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