gas taxJOLIET – Joliet-area motorists pay thousands of dollars in state gas taxes, but Springfield is holding on to the money instead of sending it back to help pay for road salt, snowplow repair, fixing potholes and other road projects and maintenance.

“This whole ordeal has been frustrating,” said State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, who represents Joliet and other communities in Will County in the Illinois Senate. “The money belongs to the community.”

Right now money can’t be sent to the communities without some kind of official authorization. In May, the Senate approved legislation containing that authorization, but it was vetoed by Gov. Rauner. The system has been at a standstill ever since.

In 2014, Joliet received more than $3.6 million in gas tax money. Across Will County, local governments received more than $21 million in gas tax money last year.

Other area communities received the following amounts in 2014:

•Bolingbrook    ($1,816,318)

•Channahon    ($310,947)

•Crest Hill       ($515,860)

For more information on how much local communities are owed in gas tax money, you can open this link

Bertino-Tarrant and other Illinois Senate Democrats tried to prevent this problem from occurring. In early September, the Senate approved a plan that would have provided the authority needed to send along the gas tax money. Senate Democrats provided the 36 votes needed to approve it. At the direction of Gov. Rauner, all Republicans opposed the legislation.

The legislation – SB 2046 – remains pending in the Illinois House.

“The governor should have never vetoed legislation allowing the gas tax money to be spent,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “It belongs in our district.”

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