Savoyard administrators ready to add gasoline tax to match Champaign, Urbana | Politics
SAVOIE – Now that voters have approved the autonomy statute for Savoy, administrators are ready to add a local tax on gasoline.
In the April election, residents voted 531-469 in favor of the domicile rule, and one of the main arguments put forward by supporters was that Savoy was missing out on gasoline tax revenue without benefiting from falling gasoline prices.
“I prefer something that looks like Champaign and Urbana. There’s no reason we shouldn’t, ”Trustee Heather Mangian said at Wednesday’s village council meeting.
“I am in favor of its use for the roads that we need to be upgraded or upgraded,” she added. “I think the voters told us what they wanted, and we talked about fuel and roads.”
Champaign has a gasoline tax of 4 cents per gallon, while Urbana is currently 5 cents per gallon.
The village forwarded the home voting certification to the Illinois Secretary of State’s office on Wednesday, village administrator Christopher Walton said, “So we have fulfilled our obligations in this regard.
A local fuel tax would be administered locally and not by the Illinois Department of Revenue, he said.
“I was tired of paying the same price for gasoline in Savoie that everyone pays in Champaign-Urbana and yet we were never able to get anything back,” said trustee Dee Shonkwiler.
In addition to the gasoline tax, board members also raised the possibility of increasing the fees for the video game terminal and the village sales tax, which is currently 0.5%.
“It’s one way you don’t have to blame the landowners,” village president John Brown said of sales tax. “He sort of shares the burden with the people who live outside the village but who can shop here in the village.
Champaign and Urbana’s sales tax rates are both 1.5 percent.
“If I shop in Champaign-Urbana, I never think about the sales tax I pay there,” Brown said.
Administrator Bill Vavrik said the board wanted to increase fees for video game terminals a few months ago, but put that effort on hold when administrators learned that non-domiciled communities were no longer on hold. not allowed to do so.
“I would be interested to put this issue back on the table,” said Vavrik.
Walton said village staff would report more information, including income projections, at an upcoming study session.