To the Editor:
State Rep. Jeff Keicher, R-Sycamore, voted to support Illinois transportation by adjusting the gas tax to what it would be with inflation. This was not an easy vote but Rep. Keicher made the right vote. He voted for the citizens in his district to have the funds to repair and maintain roads bridges and other transportation projects.
Representative Keicher knows that the funds raised through the Motor Fuel Tax are subject to the Transportation Lockbox. The Transportation Lockbox was an amendment to the Illinois Constitution voted on in 2016. It guarantees that all funds from motor fuel taxes (MFT) go into the Transportation Lockbox and can only be spent on roads bridges and transportation projects.
The MFT was set at $0.19 in 1990 almost 30 years ago. When adjusted for inflation it should be $0.38 today, however there have been no increases in the last 30 years. The MFT is going up $0.19 to $0.38, which is what it would be anyhow with inflation. The new law now ties MFT to the Consumer Price index to keep it adjusted in the future.
The new law will help with the county’s transportation infrastructure. DeKalb will receive a $700,000 increase, Sycamore $473,553 and DeKalb County $1.3 million dollars a year. These increases will help repair our local roads and bridges that have been particularly hard hit by the freeze thaw effects recently.
Healthy transportation is a win/win for the citizens of the county. There will be less chance of damage to vehicles or accidents caused by potholes and poor pavement. It will be easier and safer to get around the county. Better roads will help attract quality businesses to our community and ultimately increase the tax base.
We thank Rep. Keicher for making the right, although tough, decision for the citizens of DeKalb County. Thank you for putting the safety of the community first!
Laborers’ Local 32 &
DeKalb County Building Trades