Miller Walsh Opposes State Mileage Tax

LIBERTYVILLE…State Representative Helene Miller Walsh (R-Mundelein) has signed on as a co-sponsor of HR766, opposing any potential mileage tax in Illinois.

The House Resolution opposing the per mile driving tax was filed at the beginning of legislative session this year. Miller Walsh expressed her opposition to such a tax after talks of mileage tax legislation increased over the last few weeks.

The Illinois General Assembly has a few proposals under consideration. One proposal imposes a fee of 1.5¢ per mile driven on public, non-tolled Illinois roads using GPS tracking technology. This technology would work though a smartphone app or a tracking device similar to the I-Pass (or EZ-Pass) which would monitor the location of each driver to calculate how many miles were driven in Illinois each month. Additional proposals include a fee of 1.5¢ per mile driven using monthly odometer readings instead of GPS tracking technology or imposing a Flat Rate Plan of an annual fee of $450.

Rep. Miller Walsh pledged her support to the resolution to help prevent any undue hardship on Illinois residents, especially those who drive longer distances for work and school.

“I do not support a tax on mileage driven by Illinois motorists,” said Miller Walsh. “Creating new taxes will not fix our fiscal problems, it only deepens the already large tax burden on our residents. There are also huge privacy concerns within these proposals; not only are these proposals financially unfair, but it’s an invasion of privacy that we cannot allow.”

In addition to HR766, Illinois residents can show support for House Republican efforts to stop the proposed mileage tax by signing onto the petition here.

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