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Should the motor fuel tax increase pass, more than $2 million could be available for road funding, $1.5 million of which would be available for streets outside the city's TIF districts.
DeKalb resident Linda Downes said that although she would probably go to a Sycamore station for a better deal on gas because she is retired and usually not in a hurry, she would not be adamantly against an increase.
She said that the 2 cents would be a minimal debt if it provides for streets and that the taxes she paid in her former hometown of Wheaton were much higher.
Many residents of Verbic's ward, however, have emailed or messaged him on social media commending him for speaking out against the ordinance.
DeKalb Mayor Jerry Smith, meanwhile, said he has not received any communication from the public about the motor fuel tax increase since the last council meeting, but he encouraged all residents to reach out to the mayor, aldermen or city staff with any concerns.
"We will try to find the answer and get back to these folks," Smith said. "I want a government that is fully participatory."
Smith said it's likely a second reading on the ordinance will take place at the council's Jan. 8 meeting, which will likely be in the council chambers of the DeKalb Municipal Building, 200 S. Fourth St.