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Illinois lawmakers push to eliminate sales tax on gas

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

If lawmakers in Springfield get it their way, Illinois drivers could see the price they pay at the pump plummet.

That's because there's a push to get rid of the state sales tax on gas.

So, what does all this mean?

With gas well over $3/gallon there's no question it's pretty painful to fill up in Illinois.

While Quincy residents think it's a good idea to drop the state sales tax on gas, city officials say, not so fast.

The thought of paying less money for gas would be welcome relief for Illinois drivers.

"It being so expensive it definitely limits what you can do around town," said Adam Notteboom.

"Cheaper gas would be great, I think everybody would appreciate that," said Sally Sparrow.

"I like that idea, I usually go to Missouri a lot because it's cheaper," said Chris Mast.

Two Democratic state representatives have proposed eliminating the 6.25% state surcharge on gas.

While that may be good for your wallet, it could hurt the town you live in.

"The city relies on that money to do those projects and improve the roads and the maintenance of the street lights," said Quincy Director of Administrative Services Glenda Hackemack.

Hackemack says without that gas tax revenue from the state, the city might have to raise local taxes to make up the loss.

"All that is covered under the motor fuel tax so if that money goes away, we're going to have to look at another resource to keep the roads to the same level that they are and hopefully keep moving forward with improvements as they increase in age," said Hackemack.

Residents say while they'd like a break at the pump, they appreciate what that tax does for the city.

"No matter what you do, you have to get that revenue from somewhere to upkeep your city," said Notteboom.

"If the tax needs to be there to support other things, then I guess it's important that it stays there with the gas tax," said Sparrow.

If approved, the bill would remove the sales tax starting next July.

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