The city of New London may take the first step toward becoming the first area community to impose a wheel tax on its residents. The city council will get the first reading of an ordinance to establish what’s being called a “Municipal Motor Vehicle Registration Fee”. The fee would be 20 dollars per automobile or pick-up registered in the state, at a gross weight of not more than 8000 pounds. It would not include motorcycles or mopeds. The ordinance was approved by the council’s finance committee on a 4-1 vote earlier this month. The fee would be collected by the state as part of the yearly vehicle registration process, and then sent back to city. New London officials say state road aids the city gets from the state have not increased in the last 10 years, while road maintenance costs continue to rise. The wheel tax is expected to generate about 190-thousand dollars per year. Again, tonight is a first reading of the ordinance. If eventually approved, it would go into effect at the beginning of next year.