Some members of the Will County Board have announced that they will hold town hall meetings for residents regarding a possible countywide gas tax.
The board has been discussing implementing a 4- to 8-cent gas tax in Will County, which could generate between $12 million and $24 million to go toward the construction and maintenance of county roadways.
Mike Fricilone and Steve Balich, both Homer Glen Republicans, will hold two town hall meetings regarding the gas tax on Sept. 30 and Oct. 3 for residents to get more information and voice their opinions.
The Sept. 30 town hall will take place at 6:30 p.m. at Coom’s Corner, 1225 E. Ninth St. in Lockport.
The Oct. 3 town hall will take place at 6:30 p.m. at Tazza Italian Ristorante, 14065 S. Bell Road in Homer Glen.
Amanda Koch, D-Frankfort, and Laurie Summers, D-Crete, will be hosting another town hall informational meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 2 in Monee.
Will County Director of Transportation Jeff Ronaldson also will be at the Monee meeting.
All residents are encouraged to attend the free session. There will be an opportunity to ask questions after a presentation.
Members have appeared to be divided along partisan lines.
The Republican caucus came out against the tax earlier this month, arguing Will County residents were already hit with the 19-cent increase of the state gas tax earlier this year.
Some Democrats argued the projected revenue, nearly all of which would go directly to the county, will help offset ever-increasing traffic on local roads. Ronaldson said, with additional gas tax revenue, his department would be able to add road construction projects to the county’s five-year plan.
Republicans questioned the need for an additional gas tax because of the money it will receive from the state gas tax increase and a bond issued by the state to pay for its Rebuild Illinois capital program.