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Stop The Rain Tax!

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Chicago – A storm is brewing in Springfield that is threatening to blow away Illinois Taxpayers. The bill, HB825 will allow municipalities to impose unlimited fees on taxpayers based off of storm water collection, treatment, distribution infrastructure, and disposal.

“When it comes to greedy politicians it is never enough,” said Jim Tobin, President of Taxpayers United of America (TUA). “Not only do they want a graduated income tax increase and a gas tax increase, they also want to tax us for rain!”

A release from Representative Allen Skillicorn (R-66) best discusses the problem with the upcoming rain tax.

From the release, “Crystal Lake, IL – There isn’t anything Springfield won’t tax, even the rain! Yes, you read that right. The Democratic super-majority wants to give your local municipality the power to have you pay a fee for the rain.”

“Of course they aren’t going to tell you that directly, but that is what HB825 does by amending the Illinois Municipal Code to modify the definition of “sewerage system” to include storm water collection, treatment, and distribution infrastructure and disposal of storm water, giving your local municipality the ability to charge a fee to offset the cost of owning, maintaining, and improving local storm water infrastructure. So here’s a thought, aren’t they already doing so? What are all those drains for in our town and city streets that have been around for years? Isn’t storm water already being collected by our sewerage systems which we pay a fee for? So why modify the definition with the power to charge a separate fee now?”

“Let’s take a look at one municipality that tried to tax the rain back in 2013. The City of Elgin was contemplating a Storm Water Utility fee for 2014. Was it to address the cost of “owning, maintaining, and improving local storm water infrastructure” as a reasonable person might assume? Nice guess, but no. Elgin’s Proposed 2013-2017 Financial Plan clearly stated “Stormwater Utility Fee—The 2012-2016 Financial Plan identified the possibility of implementing a stormwater utility fee in 2013 for the sole purpose of further diversifying the city’s revenue stream to reduce reliance on property taxes. The 2013-2017 financial plan remains unchanged in this regard.” [Emphasis mine]”

“According the WalletHub, Illinois residents have the highest combined tax rate in the nation. Another tax, that as written in UNLIMITED is not acceptable and would dead on arrival if Illinois politicians were in touch with the over-taxed residents.”

“HB825 passed out of the Cities and Villages Committee on a partisan vote. All Democrat House members voted Yes and all House Republicans voted No.”

An Economic Burden. This is an UNLIMITED and regressive tax hike with no exemption for Seniors, families with children, impoverished, or even churches!” 

Unnecessary. Property owners already pay some of the nations highest property taxes.”

Administrative nightmare. How will a village measure every rooftop and impervious surface? How much will that effort cost?”

Inequitable. Because this is legally a fee, it will be charged to all residences and businesses, as well as churches, schools, and not-for-profit owned properties.”

 “No write off. The Rain Tax as a fee cannot be deducted from your Federal taxes.”

“Unfair. Most storm water doesn’t end up in the city sewers. The majority of downspouts drain onto a homeowner’s property.”

Permanent. Once a tax or fee is established, it is nearly impossible to undo.”

“I urge lawmakers to focus on market orientated reforms, not tax hikes to balance budget. This Rain Tax has to be one of the worst ideas yet!”

Where Is The Money Going?

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Chicago- After months of publicizing an increase in the Illinois gas tax, tax raisers have formally announced their ambitions. SB 102 proposed by State Sen. Martin Sandoval (D-11) would double the  motor fuel tax from $.19 per gallon to $.38 per gallon. Additionally, Sandoval’s bill would increase the passenger vehicle registration fee to $148 from $98, and the electric vehicle fee to $148 from $17.50. Most driver’s license fees would increase to $60 from $30, while truck registration fees would rise by $100. These tax increases would be expected to bring in an additional two billion dollars for Illinois government annually.

Advocates for the tax increase argue that Illinois needs this bill, but President of Taxpayers United of America Jim Tobin has a question. “Where is the money going?”

“We know not all of the money from the Illinois state gas tax goes to roads,” said Tobin. “Also, despite politicians saying so at every opportunity, Illinois roads and bridges are not crumbling.”

“Springfield and Chicago tax-raisers are spreading false information about Illinois roads. According to the Reason Foundation’s 23rd Annual Highway Report, which ranks the performance of state highway systems in 11 categories, including spending per mile, pavement conditions, deficient bridges, traffic congestion, and fatality rates, Illinois ranks 28th. Illinois roads are actually in the middle of the pack.”

“As for the disinformation politicians are spreading to terrify the public into thinking that Illinois bridges are unsafe and are about to collapse, the Reason Foundation found that Illinois bridges are the seventh-lowest in the 50 states in number of bridges in deficient condition. That these lying politicians are spreading lies about Illinois bridges to frighten people is outrageous.”

“On behalf of Illinois Taxpayers I demand that Illinois lawmakers tell the public what the money is really being used for.”

Taxpayers Fight Two New Home Rule Referendum

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CHICAGO—Taxpayers United of America (TUA) and local supporters are opposing two home rule referendum, in South Chicago Heights and Willowbrook.

Government bureaucrats are trying to persuade voters in these two Chicago suburbs to change their communities to Home Rule municipalities on the April 2, 2019 ballot. Taxpayers United of America’s president, Jim Tobin, issued a statement stating that opposing these measures is best for residents concerned with their soaring property taxes, their homes, and their livelihood.

Click here to download the South Chicago Heights Home Rule flyer

Click here to download the Willowbrook Home Rule flyer

 “Last November, taxpayers in Beach Park, Lemont, Winthrop Harbor, Prospect Heights, and Zion all voted to reject Home Rule,” said Tobin. “Perhaps there are so few Home Rule Referenda on the April 2 ballot because of how badly these greedy bureaucrats lost last time.”

“Home Rule always means Home Ruin,” said Tobin. “Why would anyone want to give up his or her right to vote on property tax increases?”

“Home rule always means higher taxes because it removes the cap limiting the amount that politicians can increase property taxes. Home Rule even allows municipalities to impose a real estate transfer tax. It gives politicians a blank check. How many politicians would you trust with a blank check bearing your signature? None.”

“Home rule also gives local governments authority to tax nearly any product or service they want. This drives consumers to neighboring communities where the taxes on products and services are lower.”

“TUA has defeated 431 local tax increase referenda since 1976 and on behalf of taxpayers we hope to reach 433 taxpayer victories. We urge voters in these two communities to tell bureaucrats that they have had enough of their governments living beyond their means at the expense of taxpayers. Voters should urge their fellow taxpayers to Vote No.”

Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2.



Taxpayers United Of America: (TUA). is a nonpartisan, 501(c)(4) taxpayer advocacy group. Founded June 27, 1976 in Chicago, Illinois by activist and economist Jim Tobin, TUA works on behalf of taxpayers to reduce local, state, and federal taxes. In the past forty years, TUA has saved taxpayers more than $200 billion n taxes and has become one of the largest taxpayer organizations in America. Check All posts. s.


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