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(The Center Square) – Illinois taxpayers shocked by the $ 100 annual trailer day tax hike introduced two years ago may soon see some relief.

A move that cuts the tax on commercial vehicles from $ 118 to $ 36 in exchange for an increase in the vehicle title transfer fee by $ 5 to $ 155 is progressing at the statehouse with just one day left .

Legislators on both sides of the aisle said Sunday that raising the trailer fee from $ 18 to $ 118 under Governor JB Pritzker’s 2019 construction bill was a major concern for voters. This bill also doubled the state’s gas tax and increased other taxes and fees.

Several lawmakers said the $ 100 increase in caravan tax was a “design flaw,” but it was unclear whether or when it would be fixed.

After a series of proposed measures to cut the tax from $ 118 to $ 18, a compromise was reached to make the bill revenue neutral.

State Representative Marty Moylan, D-Des Plaines, praised the House of Representatives’ amendments Senate Act 58.

“The citizens of the great state of Illinois won,” said Moylan. “Thank you again for the great work. And now I can take my little snowmobile and my little trailer and drive down the autobahn for a reasonable price. “

State Representative Avery Bourne, R-Morrisonville said she wants to cut the fee to $ 18 but they will take what they can get.

“Hopefully this will help anyone who has called about the caravan fee,” said Bourne. “For my constituents, it’s the third most important issue after the [Illinois Department of Employment Security] and [Firearm Owner Identification cards]. Maybe we can fix this this week too. “

There has been a persistent FOID card backlog since before the pandemic, and IDES offices, which closed more than a year ago due to the COVID-19 pandemic, are still not open for public in-person visits.

State Representative Sue Scherer, D-Decatur, said the trailer fee hike was a major concern for her constituents.

“I know people who stop using their trailers, I know people who just take a risk and drive without a license plate, I know people who switch from one to the other,” says Scherer.

The measure also restores the motor vehicle trade that was capped a few years ago criticism said drove people out of the state to trade their cars for others.

State Representative Deanne Mazzochi, R-Elmhurst, said changing HB58 was good policy.

“I am very grateful and the residents of my district will be grateful that we are actually lowering taxes on caravan fees, we are reducing the possibility of double taxation,” said Mazzochi.

The measure was adopted unanimously and is now being returned to the Senate for approval.

Monday is the last day of the meeting.

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