A Joliet City Council committee that has been reluctant to approve a replacement tax program for truck parking facilities will take up the subject again this week.
The program aimed at collecting revenue to offset the impact of trucks on local roads has been resisted in large part out of concern that it could attract more trucks by opening up sites for parking facilities,
"I do not want this to be 10,000 trucks a month of which 9,000 have no business here," Councilman Larry Hug said when the Economic Development Committee last considered the matter on Aug. 24.
Hug chairs the Economic Development Committee, which will discuss the matter when it meets at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
City Economic Development Specialist Derek Conley told the committee two weeks ago that the city "is getting more and more inquiries for truck parking."
Conley said the primary need is to provide trucks a location to wait when the Union Pacific intermodal and surrounding warehouses are not ready to take deliveries. Parking facilities nearby could keep those trucks from moving about town until they can unload cargo, he said.
"It would be beneficial to have these near the intermodal system," he said.
The city for about a year has been considering a Payment in Lieu of Taxes program that would be applied to truck parking facilities and truck terminals to generate more tax dollars from locations with little construction and low property taxes.
Hug has repeatedly voiced concerns that more parking facilities could bring trucks from drivers and warehouses outside of Joliet that need places to park trucks.