The Starke County Council is waiting to see if a mandatory wheel tax proposal gains traction in the state Senate before voting to implement one locally.
The state Senate is pushing a plan that would require all 92 Indiana counties to implement an excise tax on annual vehicle registrations in order to get their full share of road money. Currently only 45 counties have such a tax on the books. St. Joseph is the only county adjacent to Starke that collects the tax. House members have backed away from the controversial proposal.
After discussing it at length, county council members agreed to wait and see if the measure passes in the waning days of the legislative session before making any decisions.