Group plans to boycott gas tax increase - WSIL-TV 3 Southern Illinois

Group plans to boycott gas tax increase

Posted: Updated:

(WSIL) -- In less than a week, drivers will begin paying more at the pump. 

Currently the state collects 19 cents on each gallon of gas sold and 21.5 cents on diesel, but under the new legislation both of those rates will double. 

Starting July 1, a gallon of gasoline will increase to 38 cents and diesel will rise to 45.5 cents a gallon. 

Drivers throughout the state are still frustrated at the idea of the increase

A group created on Facebook plans to boycott the tax. 

Members of the Facebook group are planning to travel into Missouri, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky or Wisconsin to fill up their tanks. 

The leader of the boycott said she and other drivers are putting their foot down on the gas tax. 

Lori Fuller is one of two sisters from the Metro East who started the Facebook page. 

"You know, you can't pour gas into the harbor, so we decided a boycott would be in order," Fuller said. 

Fuller said the page was started because she couldn't handle any more taxes. 

"We just want to make our voices heard and we want people to know that we can't handle anymore taxes," Fuller said. "The main goal is to send a message to lawmakers that we are unhappy."

Gov. JB Pritzker's staff said the increase is expected to cost the average driver $100 dollars a year. 

"If people have to decided whether they are going to eat lunch today at work or have gas in your car, that's a problem," Fuller said. 

Zeigler resident Brandon Shelton drives a diesel truck. 

His fuel bill will increase by 24 cents a gallon starting on July 1. 

"Fuel goes up, everything goes up," Shelton said. "It's ridiculous and they are taxing everybody to death."

Shelter said he fills his tank up at least once a week and currently it cost him nearly $70 every time. 

"It's a lot of money," Shelton said. 

Shelton believes this fuel increase is going to hurt everyone. 

"The guys that are driving for a living, hauling all our commodities, the price is going to go to the shelf," Shelton said. 

Fuller is concerned about gas stations losing business due to the tax increase. 

"The convince store owners and the gas station owners are going to be losing business, they will be laying people off," Fuller said.

Shelton said recent bills passed by lawmakers make him want to move out of Illinois. 

Fuller, along with members of the group on Facebook, are ready to drive across state lines for their fuel. 

"I will drive out of my way for 30 cents a gallon," Fuller said. 

On average, this new tax is expected to break down to at least $2 more every time you fill up your car. 

During overtime for the spring session the first weekend in June, Illinois lawmakers voted to pass a $45 billion capital infrastructure plan. 

The revenue for that bill comes from an increase of taxes on things like cigarettes, vehicle registration and gasoline. 

This increase makes Illinois the second highest state in the nation for gas tax behind New York and California who are tied. 

  • More NewsMore>>

  • SIU Touch of Nature hosts Wander Down Music Festival

    SIU Touch of Nature hosts Wander Down Music Festival

    Sunday, October 20 2019 12:12 AM EDT2019-10-20 04:12:22 GMT
    CARBONDALE (WSIL) -- Dozens headed to SIU's Touch of Nature for a three-day music festival over the weekend. The Wander Down Music Festival is a weekend of live music, art, and outdoor-education workshops. The festival centers around the music genre bluegrass and features live music performances from both regional and national names. Attendees say it's an incredible experience to have in Southern Illinois - especially with how close to home it is.
    CARBONDALE (WSIL) -- Dozens headed to SIU's Touch of Nature for a three-day music festival over the weekend. The Wander Down Music Festival is a weekend of live music, art, and outdoor-education workshops. The festival centers around the music genre bluegrass and features live music performances from both regional and national names. Attendees say it's an incredible experience to have in Southern Illinois - especially with how close to home it is.
  • Thousands attend 20th annual Vulture Fest

    Thousands attend 20th annual Vulture Fest

    Sunday, October 20 2019 12:10 AM EDT2019-10-20 04:10:30 GMT

    MAKANDA (WSIL) -- Thousands of people headed out to Makanda for the 20th annual Vulture Fest Saturday. What started as a small gathering of friends celebrating their own version of a fall festival, grew into an annual attraction. Saturday is the second day of the three-day celebration of food, music, and art. T-shirts were available for purchase, and funds went towards paying for parking and the bands. Sunday is the last day of Vulture Fest.

    MAKANDA (WSIL) -- Thousands of people headed out to Makanda for the 20th annual Vulture Fest Saturday. What started as a small gathering of friends celebrating their own version of a fall festival, grew into an annual attraction. Saturday is the second day of the three-day celebration of food, music, and art. T-shirts were available for purchase, and funds went towards paying for parking and the bands. Sunday is the last day of Vulture Fest.

  • SIU hosts Homecoming Parade through downtown Carbondale

    SIU hosts Homecoming Parade through downtown Carbondale

    Sunday, October 20 2019 12:08 AM EDT2019-10-20 04:08:13 GMT
    CARBONDALE (WSIL) -- Hundreds celebrated SIU's Homecoming Parade in downtown Carbondale Saturday morning... The parade featured several area-school bands as well as SIU's "Marching Salukis". The class of 1969 also made an appearance in Saturday's parade for their 50th year reunion. Many of the parade floats were decorated in celebration of SIU's 150th anniversary. Homecoming festivities continued with events for alumni and students around campus.
    CARBONDALE (WSIL) -- Hundreds celebrated SIU's Homecoming Parade in downtown Carbondale Saturday morning... The parade featured several area-school bands as well as SIU's "Marching Salukis". The class of 1969 also made an appearance in Saturday's parade for their 50th year reunion. Many of the parade floats were decorated in celebration of SIU's 150th anniversary. Homecoming festivities continued with events for alumni and students around campus.

Most Popular

Stories
Videos
Slideshows
loading...
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2019 WSIL. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.