Transportation Utility & Wheel Tax

Introduction

The City of Hudson is considering adopting a transportation utility and/or wheel tax to help fund infrastructure maintenance activities. This webpage has been developed to inform the public regarding the need for additional infrastructure funding, describe what a transportation utility and wheel tax are, and receive feedback about the potential transportation utility and/or wheel tax.

The City of Hudson recently completed an inventory of the City’s infrastructure as part of the City’s Infrastructure Management Plan. The inventory considered the condition of roadway pavement, alleys, sidewalks, trails, and curb & gutter as well as the age and size of water mains, sanitary sewer, and storm sewer. The draft plan can be viewed at Infrastructure Management Plan (PDF). The inventory shows that the City’s estimated current infrastructure backlog is approximately $127 million. Below are some figures from the inventory showing the City’s current needs.

2019 Paser Ratings (PDF)

Current Infrastructure Needs (PDF)

Utility Ages (PDF)


If the City does not invest soon in taking care of our infrastructure, the infrastructure will continue to degrade and at some point will cost significantly more to maintain. For comparison, a street pavement at a 7 PASER rating costs about 1/3 as much to maintain as a street pavement at a 5 PASER rating, and a street pavement at a 5 PASER rating costs about 1/3 as much to maintain as a street pavement at a 2 PASER rating.

In order to make the necessary investments to the City’s infrastructure, City staff and City Council have been considering adopting a transportation utility and/or wheel tax. Since a transportation utility and wheel tax are new concepts to the City of Hudson, City staff has compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and their answers to answer a lot of the questions that the public likely has regarding these funding mechanisms. For more information and answers to Frequently Asked Questions, please see the pages in the column to the left, or at the bottom if viewing on a mobile device.

The City is also holding a number of public informational meetings regarding the transportation utility and wheel tax. Please visit the Public Informational Meetings page for more information. 

If you are unable to attend one of the informational meetings, please view the recorded presentation below:

Presentation Video

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