Lake County Board Approves Gas Tax Hike

(Waukegan, IL) With gas prices eclipsing 3-dollars a gallon in some Lake County areas, the Lake County Board has voted to increase those prices even more.

The Board voted 14-7 on Tuesday to approve a 4-cent per gallon gas tax.

The tax will go into effect in July, for the purpose of funding infrastructure improvements.

Some on the Board argued that now was not the time to add another financial burden, when area families are already struggling due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

But those in favor of the plan say there is a 1.7-billion-dollar backlog of construction projects that stretch out to 2040…and a source of revenue is needed to fund those projects.