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Drivers say ‘enough taxing’ to Illinois’ new gas tax

Illinois drivers, get ready to pay more at the gas pump.

As part of Governor J.B. Pritzker’s attempt to balance the state budget, the gas tax in the state will double at the start of next month.

That means we could soon start seeing less pot holes and more road improvement projects throughout Quincy.

“Potholes are certainly a big issue,” said Quincy City Engineer Jeffrey Conte. “The pavement is just worn out in places.”

Illinois’ gas tax will go from 19 cents a gallon to 38 cents a gallon. That makes it one of the highest in the nation.
However, state officials say all the revenue will go towards fixing up roads.

“We’re looking at an additional $700,000 a year available to do local street work,” said Conte. “That is almost double what we have presently. It’s going to be a huge boost for the city to get caught up on projects that we need to get done.”

Now gas stations located on the state’s border will have a new edge.

“I’ll probably start going across the bridge to get my gasoline,” said Quincy resident David Tuley.

The tax hike will also hit those on a fixed income.

“The seniors, we have to pay regardless,” said Quincy resident Starr Gold. “It just goes on and on; the taxing that they do to us.”

But most agree that area roads need improvement.

“The roads here in town aren’t the best but I think the highways are decent,” said Tuley.

“Is the money really going for that? We never know,” said Gold.

When the gas tax goes into effect on July 1, the average Illinois driver will pay almost $100 more a year at the gas pump.

Kaylee Pfeiferling

Multimedia Journalist

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