7/16/2013 11:29:00 AM Dodge County will enact wheelage tax
By Gretta Becay
Next year, when Dodge County vehicle owners renew their license plates, they will have to pay an extra $10 that will go directly to the county to be used for transportation purposes.
The county commissioners agreed to enact the tax at their meeting July 9, 2013. The tax was approved by the state legislature this year and each county must decide if they will enact it or not.
The other tax the county commissioners chose not to implement that was also approved by the legislators is the one half percent sales tax.
The wheelage tax is estimated to bring $195,000 in transportation funds to the county. Some vehicles are exempt from the tax including motorcycles, recreational vehicles, mopeds, most trailers, street rods, pioneer and classic vehicles. For complete information on the tax, the website is dnr.state.mn.us.
The commissioners also approved proceeding with radon gas abatement in two rooms in the lower level of the old courthouse building. Athlelon Enterprises will drill holes in the floors of the two rooms and dig out the equivalent of 10 gallons of dirt, (or as much rock as possible with a similar volume,) install a pipe with a fan to suck out the air from under the floor into the pipe and exhaust the air outside.
Emergency Services Director Matt Maas explained the procedure to the commissioners and said that these two rooms have the highest concentrations of radon gas in the building. After the system is installed and has been working for a time, the radon levels will be re-measured.
The commissioners decided not to order a $3,500 structural inspection of the 1921 portion of the old Kasson-Mantorville Intermediate School in Mantorville - across the street from the courthouse - which the county had purchased in June for expansion. The group decided to go ahead and escrow the $200,000, which is to be used to pay for the demolition of the 1921 part of the building before the county takes possession of the structure.
The commissioners had discussed the possibility of using the oldest portion of the building for storage but three of the four men voted against the inspection and the demolition is the only alternative.
In other business, the commissioners approved:
The designation of Ramona McAndrew as the drivers license agent for the county.
The plat book printing agreement with Dodge County Printing.
A gambling permit for the Hayfield Area Fire Department to sell pull tabs at the county fair beer garden this year.
The resignation of Daniel Ebenhoh from the Board of Adjustment. The commissioners thanked him for his many years of service.
An amendment of the 2011-2015 CUP agreement.
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency county feedlot performance grant agreement for $6,700.
July 30 as the date for the commissioners' county road tour.
With thanks, the $100 donation from the Kasson United Methodist Women to the Public Health Family Health Program.
The commissioners will meet again at 9:30 a.m. July 23 at the courthouse.