County Panel Takes a Step Against Car Rental Tax in Wisconsin

A Milwaukee County, Wisconsin board panel on Monday took a step against a car rental tax that would help fund transit in the county, according to the Journal Sentinel.

The County Board's Intergovernmental Relations Committee rejected state support for the tax, which would go toward a three-county commuter rail line.

Acting County Executive Lee Holloway was in favor of the tax, which would raise about $5 million. He said every little bit helps, and he plans to continue seeking state permission to increase the county sales tax as a transit funding alternative.

The Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Transit Authority is authorized to collect a car rental tax of up to $18 in Milwaukee, Kenosha and Racine counties. Supervisor John Weishan said he opposed the car rental tax effort because it wasn't a full solution to the transit funding problem.

The full county board was set to consider the car rental tax issue on Feb. 3.

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