County collects $333K in wheel tax for 2018

February 1, 2019

DEADWOOD — Treasurer Deb Tridle presented the annual county wheel tax collections report to county commissioners Jan. 22, reporting that Lawrence County collected more than $330,000 in 2018.

“We collected $333,213.27 in 2018 for the wheel tax, which was up $8,822.13, compared to 2017,” Tridle said. “Using four tires as the average, that comes to 2,205 new vehicles added in Lawrence County for 2018.”

Monthly wheel tax collections for 2018 are as follows: January, $37,315; February $33,414; March, $30,980; April, $16,978; May, $35,030; June, $32,205; July, $35,028; August, $32,189; September, $25,934; October, $18,684; November, $21,838; December, $13,612.

“I feel the increase in the wheel tax reflects the housing growth in Lawrence County,” Tridle said. “In the past year or so, a lot more houses have been built in Lawrence County, which brings in more families and they all drive cars. In this day and age, it’s multiple cars per family. The other area of increase in the wheel tax is the ATVs, and all the out-of-staters that have found out about the great riding in the Black Hills. They come here and title and license their ATVs so they can ride any time they can make it out to the area.”

Tridle said an out-of-state, nationally known rental company titles and licenses right around 1,000 vehicles annually through Lawrence County, which contributes nicely to the wheel tax, as well.

“Lawrence County receives $5 for each title, $2 per tire wheel tax, and 58.25 percent of the license plate fees on each vehicle,” she added.

Looking ahead for the year, Tridle said she expects the total amount collected to go up, not down.

“As for 2019, the wheel tax, I feel, we will see another increase,” Tridle said. “How much, we’ll have to wait and see if it’s like 2018 and reflects the housing growth.”

The county wheel tax assessment is $2 per tire, with a maximum assessment of $24. Adopted by Lawrence County in 2015, the wheel tax is required for counties to access the state’s road and bridge repair grant program.

The county keeps the entire amount of the wheel tax and it is required to go into the Lawrence County road and bridge fund, where it is used to help repair roads and bridges in the county.

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