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The county is also expected to get another $23 million over the next three to six years from a bond the state issued to help pay for new infrastructure spending. Because there is no deadline as to when Will County could implement this tax, Republicans such as Fricilone advocate waiting to see if the new revenue will be sufficient to pay for needed road improvements.
While some Democrats conceded that the tax would affect local drivers, they pointed out the significant need to maintain current county roads, especially since the area has seen population and traffic growth over the past several years.
“We’ve been talking about trucks in this town at for the last five years that I’ve been on this board,” said Jackie Traynere, D-Bolingbrook. “And the trucks aren’t going away.”
Jeff Ronaldson, the county’s director of transportation, said the county will likely have more maintenance to do in the future, especially because of the age of county roads. He said about two-thirds are more than 50 years old.