Brand New Gas Tax Could Hit Rockford Soon
Gas prices have already gone up in Illinois and now Rockford could levy another one on customers soon.
A newly proposed bill would allow non-home rule cities such as Rockford to add up to 3 cents per gallon on gas purchases. It would be up to local governments to decide whether to implement an additional tax.
The additional tax was proposed to help communities fix roads. The state previously doubled its gas tax from 19 cents to 38 cents on July 1 as part of Gov. J.B. Pritzker's $45 billion capital plan.
Illinois has the third-highest gas tax rate in the country, trailing only California and Pennsylvania, according to the American Petroleum Institute.
Local politicians on both sides of the aisle have discussed the pros and cons of the bill which is still in its infancy. There's a very good chance the bill stalls out and never makes it to Rockford.
Lawmakers will continue to discuss and make changes to it in the coming weeks.
Would you be OK with paying a bit more for gas knowing it would lead to road improvements?
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