CommitteeHearing5.19.15.3CHAMPAIGN- Every year, Champaign and Vermilion County drivers pay thousands of dollars in state gas taxes, but for the past five months Springfield has held on to the money instead of sending it back to help pay for road salt, snow plow repair, patching pot holes and all other road maintenance.

“This is your money Governor Rauner is holding hostage,” said State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign). “It’s clear that this money belongs in the hands of the people. As we head into the winter months, communities need these funds to stay safe.”

Motor fuel taxes are collected by the state to be distributed back to counties, municipalities and townships.

Bennett explained the money can’t be sent back to the communities because there hasn’t been official authorization. Gov. Rauner vetoed the proposal to authorize the distribution. Local government entities haven’t received funds since July 1 of this year.

In 2014, Champaign and Vermilion counties received more than $3 million in gas tax money.

Other Champaign and Vermilion County communities received the following amounts in 2014: Champaign, more than $2 million; Urbana, more than $1 million in funds; and Danville, $817,647.

Additional information about how much local communities are owed in gas tax money is available at

Bennett foresaw this looming problem and is trying to prevent it by introducing Senate Bill 2197, which would give local governments their share of gas tax, video gaming and 911 funding. The legislation would also give lottery winners their winnings.

“This funding belongs in our communities. People are waiting on their money and they deserve it,” Bennett said.

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