State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R – Kankakee) is a co-sponsor of a resolution opposing any state taxes based on the number of miles driven. State Representative Charlie Meier (R – Okawville) filed House Resolution 766 last week in anticipation of new legislation to create these taxes.
“The people of Illinois are subject to some of the highest tax burdens in the country and now we are looking at implementing more taxes.” Rep. Parkhurst said. “This is an undue burden on already struggling families and a Vehicle Miles Traveled tax (VMT) disproportionately affects more rural communities having long commutes to work or school and I will not support it.”
HR 766 lists various proposed mileage taxes and one imposes a fee of 1.5¢ per mile driven; report miles traveled on public, non-tolled Illinois roads using GPS tracking technology in a smartphone app or a tracking device similar to the I-Pass (or EZ-Pass); and monitor the location of each driver to calculate how many miles are driven in Illinois each month. This proposal brought up privacy concerns. Another plan implemented a $450 annual fee.
The full text of the resolution can be found here.