A hidden gas tax proposal that would double the state’s motor fuel tax to 38 cents per gallon and would increase every year thereafter has drawn the opposition of Oak Lawn’s independent Trustee Robert Streit, who is the only local official to take a stand against the tax.
The gas tax, which Streit noted was hidden in an amendment to Senate Bill 103 that was introduced as legislation that did not mention the tax but instead centered on other issues including reduced fares for some riders before it was amended.
The tax language would make residents’ gas taxes the second highest in the nation according to the Illinois Policy Institute.
The bill not only doubles the current tax but allows counties to hike their gas taxes. In addition, the bill attacks “green” energy drivers. Registration renewal for electric vehicles would be increased from $18 to $148 a year. All drivers would pay $148 instead of $98 for the annual registration sticker on their license plates.
Sandoval is a Chicago area legislator and after Streit announced his opposition to the gas tax, Chicago precinct workers were dispatched to Oak Lawn’s third district to oppose Streit’s reelection. “I’ve never been popular with the 23rd Ward crowd and their cronies but I can’t stand by silently while these politicians double our taxes,” stated Streit. He said that he is used to 23rd Ward precinct workers trying to tell voters in the third district how to vote. “Oak Lawn voters don’t need Chicago politicians telling them who they should vote for or against,” said Streit.
Streit is running for re-election as an Independent Trustee in Oak Lawn’s third district against a candidate backed by Mayor Sandra Bury and her chief supporter on the board, Trustee Tom Phelan.
The doubling of the gas tax was first proposed by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and was resurrected just last week in the Illinois State Senate when an amendment was added to a bill that did not mention a gas tax.
The Illinois Policy Institute has cited high taxes high taxes as the number one reason Illinoisans cite for wanting to leave the state. Illinois has suffered five consecutive years of population loss. Oak Lawn has also lost population over the years.