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Old 04-02-2019, 08:35 AM
Location: Just west of the Missouri River
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I know there is an older wheel tax thread, but that is mostly people arguing about whether they want to pay it or not.

I can not find any good information about what the wheel tax is used for. I assume it is for maintaining the city streets, but city hall information is meagre--they want me to call. If the city is collecting $50 per year from all city residents (and I think people who work in Omaha, but live elsewhere) there should be enough revenue to fix the potholes so the fix lasts more than one season.

It's annoying to have to drive half the speed limit because there are so many deep holes. And always someone with big tires is riding my bumper.

The fixes I am seeing on West Maple Road don't look like they will last until next winter. Anyone have good information?
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Old 04-02-2019, 12:14 PM
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Watching this thread, as I have all the same questions and complaints myself
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Old 04-03-2019, 05:55 AM
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The famous Omaha Wheel Tax is supposed to go toward street repairs, and technically the money probably does.

The wheel tax is not $50 per year per resident. It's closer to $50 per year per vehicle, and it's actually higher for larger vehicles like my truck. Only people who live within the city limits pay the wheel tax, and do so whether they work in the city or not.

Regarding street repairs and taxes... Omaha has some of the highest property taxes in the entire nation. You would think there would be plenty of money to actually pave streets rather than just toss some "here today gone by next week" cold patch in the billions of potholes. But it never seems to happen. They've got millions to throw at pet projects like the Gene Leahy Mall rennovation, or a new West Omaha development, but no money for basic infrastructure.

Until the tax paying resident of Omaha are fed up with our current City Leadership, votes them out of office and votes in people who will listen, I don't see anything changing for the better.
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Old 04-03-2019, 08:50 PM
Location: Just west of the Missouri River
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K1500, I agree. For the two years I've lived in north west Omaha, there has been road repair up and down West Maple Road every summer, but the repairs don't last. Currently, some pot holes look like they are a foot deep. This is the road I drive on most, but I'm sure it's true of many (most?) Omaha streets. I know it's particularly bad right now because of the severe winter and that a lot of money needs to be spent to take care of roads that were destroyed by the floods, but it's crazy to repeatedly make repairs that don't take.
A bit of googling shows that a number of countries are developing material for weather resistant road surfaces.
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