Illinois Introduces Bill to Raise Gas Taxes/Create a Road User Tax and Raise Registration Fees


DON’T DELAY!  Please request opposition for S.B. 3279 immediately from All Members Illinois Senate Executive Committee (Full List Below) by emailing now:

You may use the following points in your message

  • S.B. 3279 would establish a distance based road-user fee which would tax vehicles at a rate of 1.5 cents per mile traveled. Distance traveled would be calculated monthly, through a GPS tracking system, an odometer reading, or an annual flat rate of 450 dollars.      
  • S.B. 3279 would, beginning on January 1, 2017, raise the tax on motor fuel from the current 19 cents per gallon to 49 cents per gallon, which would be rebated to Illinois residents.
  • S.B. 3279 would increase motor vehicle registration fees, including for antique vehicles and expanded-use antique vehicles.
  • In addition to creating privacy concerns, the bill seeks to penalize national efforts to create a more fuel efficient vehicle fleet by taxing drivers based on vehicle mileage.  As gas tax revenues decrease due to hybrid and electric vehicle ownership, states are looking for new sources of funding for pet projects.  

Overview:  Legislation (S.B. 3279) to create a program that would require each owner or lessee of an Illinois-registered motor vehicle to pay a road user fee has been introduced. To determine individual tax rates, Illinois residence would be required to select one of three distance-based road user programs. The bill would also increase the gas tax and certain vehicle registration fees.