$181M in Fuel Taxes Owed to Local Governments in Illinois
The state of Illinois is more than $181 million behind in distributing monthly motor fuel tax revenue to municipalities, counties and other local governments amid the ongoing state budget impasse.
Records from the Illinois comptroller's office show more than $89 million is owed to municipalities and $63.6 million is owed to counties. The State Journal-Register reports another roughly $29 million hasn't been given to smaller townships and road districts, and many rely on the funding for most of their maintenance and repair budgets.
Rich Carter, spokesman for the Illinois comptroller's office, says the comptroller can't release the motor fuel tax funds without a budget, statutory authority or a court order.
The state Department of Transportation has told local governments that the funds would be given out when there's a state budget.