By: Diane Benjamin
Start with gas taxes:
18.3 cents per gallon 24.3 cents per gallon for diesel
Illinois Gas Tax: https://www2.illinois.gov/rev/research/taxrates/Pages/motorfuel.aspx
38.2 cents per gallon 46.7 cents per gallon for diesel
Both Bloomington and Normal add another 8 cents per gallon, diesel and gas are the same.
Every time you fill up your car 18.3 + 38.2 + 8.0 = 64.5 cents goes to government.
But, that isn’t all the State of Illinois and local governments get:
You get charged 8.75% Sales Tax!
The gas tax doesn’t increase with the price of gas, Sales Tax does. Bloomington and Normal are racking in money that will not be spent on roads. The State of Illinois gets 6.25%, Bloomington and Normal get 2.5%. I’ve heard the State returns 1% of what they collect to local government.
The State of Illinois, Bloomington, and Normal love high gas prices, they collect more money as the price goes higher. It’s more than enough to offset their higher costs.
When the economy sinks because of high transportation costs which causes inflation they might care. Meanwhile, high prices are pure gold.
Illinois Policy did this story back in 2012: https://www.illinoispolicy.org/hosed-at-the-pump-illinois-gas-taxes/