The Town of Belgium on Monday unanimously approved the Just Fix It resolution that seeks a solution to adequately fund Wisconsin’s transportation system.
The same resolution is being discussed across the state after 70 forums called Turn Out for Transportation were held in Wisconsin last week seeking public input on road funding.
The resolution notes towns are responsible for more than half of the road miles in the state. Municipal transportation spending has declined from $275 per capita in 2000 to $227 in 2012, lower than the 1986 rate. It says levy limits don’t allow municipalities to keep up with road maintenance given deteriorating state funding.
“We’re just telling our governor and state representatives we need more attention down here,” Town Chairman Tom Winker said.
He said he was disappointed that the Town of Saukville two weeks ago didn’t approve the resolution. It saw the resolution as an encouragement to borrow more money, which the town does not support.
The resolution calls for “a responsible level of bonding and adjusts our user fees to adequately and sustainably fund Wisconsin’s transportation system.”
While it doesn’t include specifics, the resolution doesn’t call for a tax increase. Winker said he is looking for “common sense” solutions and not a rise in the gas tax or any other tax.
“At the very least my thought is to bring attention to our plight at the bottom of the heap,” Winker said.
Just Fix It is organized by the Wisconsin Counties Association, League of Wisconsin Municipalities, Wisconsin Towns Association, Wisconsin County Highway Association and the Transportation Development Association.
The Ozaukee County Board was to discuss the resolution Wednesday.