Illinois proposes higher tax on gas, registration, license plates

Illinois lawmakers are considering a new tax that would raise gas prices and vehicle registration and license plate fees. People in Marshall aren't pleased.

Posted: Mar. 28, 2019 10:30 PM
Updated: Mar. 29, 2019 12:20 PM

Marshall, IL. (WTHI) - Lawmakers in Illinois are considering a proposal. This proposal would raise the tax on gas and vehicle registration and license plate fees.

On Thursday News 10 went to Marshall, IL to hear what the community was thinking about the bill.

A majority of the people we spoke to told us they're no happy camper. 

“Gas prices are not great now. How long have the roads here been messed up and they ain’t done nothing?” said Jerry Koppler.

The proposal would raise the tax on gas 19 cents per gallon. It would also double the driver's license fee $60. The Registration fee would increase $50 for most passengers. The money will be used for a positive cause though. The money collected will go towards road infrastructure. But people think that there should already be money put away for this.

"We should've already and probably have money in the budget for the state and if it was used for what it was set aside for it wouldn't be necessary," said Phyllis Robinson. She fills up both of her cars every other week, a task she doesn't like very much. 

Out of everyone we spoke to there was one man who told us he understands why lawmakers are considering this. Jim Gray says it'll be for the better if this were to pass. "We want the world to be given to us," he said. "To me, if you are the one using the road then you should be the one paying for the road," said Gray.

Even though this bill still has many hoops to get through before it will land on the governor's desk, some aren't surprised if this does get passed.

"I know they have passed things that I would never have thought they'd pass.....maybe," said Robinson.

We will continue to follow the progression of this bill through legislation.

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