Thursday, February 27, 2014

Times Reports Clay County Officials Discuss Gains Made from Wheel Tax

From the Brazil Times:

If you were to connect all of Clay County's roads end to end, you might be able to travel from Indiana to Washington D.C.

Clay County Commissioner Paul Sinders said the county has 660 miles of road and making the much-needed repairs to each will require time. However, decisions made in the past couple of years have given them a much-needed start.

"Last year was the first year that we ever had the wheel tax, surtax," Sinders said. "It has turned out to be a great blessing."

According to documents from the Clay County Auditor's Office, the wheel tax, which went into effect Jan. 1, 2013, generated $601,286.17 for the county -- a little under what was projected.

Brazil and towns throughout the county also received additional funding as a result of the wheel tax.

Using the revenue, commissioners worked on a little over 50 miles of roads last year. While it may appear to be a small amount, Sinders said it is an excellent start in a long process.

"We ask for the public to be patient," Sinders said. "It is going to take a while to get to all the roads. This is the first year we had the additional money available to us. Without this money, we could not have done the chip and seal and blacktopping that was done in this past year."