The Lake County Board is considering increasing their county-wide motor fuel tax by 8 cents per gallon in the next few weeks.
Illinois residents already pay the third-highest state gas taxes in the nation, according to the Tax Foundation, and have already seen two state gas tax hikes in the last two years.
If this motor fuel tax increase were passed, it would increase state and county motor fuel taxes from 19 cents to 46.7 cents per gallon in less than 2 years - an astounding 140% increase.
Local governments are already flush with new cash from the 2019 state gas tax increase. Of which 52% of those motor fuel tax revenues – over $600M per year- is allocated to municipalities, counties, township road districts across Illinois - and to mass transit agencies, like Metra and Pace.
With Lake County’s close proximity to Wisconsin and their significantly lower sales taxes, many gas stations are losing business to competitors just over the state line. And when residents can’t cross state lines for gas purchases, they have less money in their pocket due to higher taxes.
Lake County taxpayers already pay some of the highest property taxes in the nation. They should not have to also pay some of the highest gas taxes in the nation, too.
Lake County officials need to know residents are overburdened with taxes and this is not the way forward.
Urge your county board member to vote against the motor fuel tax hike!