CHICAGO (CBS) — Illinois state lawmakers approved a bevy of tax and fee hikes last month to fund the stateâs first infrastructure program in a decade.
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CBS 2 Investigator Dorothy Tucker added up some of the biggest increases.
Frank Maritote is a mortgage loan officer by day, and a taxpayer watchdog around the clock.
âYouâve got the gas tax, you’ve the license tax,â he said. âYouâve got the tobacco tax.â
Maritoteâs question was, when you add up some of the increases, how much will it cost consumers?
âThe total for us is really going to be the gas tax and the license fees, and that comes out to be, for us, probably $440 a year, I think; but for the average family, itâs probably going to be more,â he said.READ MORE: After Benet Academy Hires Gay Lacrosse Coach, Abbot Who Oversees School Says He Is 'Deeply Troubled'
The stateâs passenger vehicle registration fee will go up next year from $101 to $151, so a two-car family that used to pay $202 a year will now pay over $300 a year.
Starting July 1, the stateâs gas tax will double from 19 cents to 38 cents per gallon. If a family uses 600 gallons a year, the tax hike will cost them an extra $114 per car, or $228 for two cars.
Starting next year, it also will cost drivers more for parking garages and lots, after lawmakers approved a 6% tax on daily and hourly parking, and 9% on monthly and annual parking. So, if you were paying $200 a month for a parking space, it now will cost you an extra $216 a year in taxes.
Beginning July 1, the state also added another $1 per pack to the tobacco tax, so someone who smokes half a pack per day will pay another $180 a year in taxes.
The total for everything mentioned in this story would be $724 for a fictional two-car family with one smoker. However, everyoneâs situation will be different.MORE NEWS: Lake County Man Dies From First Case Of Rabies In Illinois Since 1954, After Waking Up With Bat On Neck
Other increases included in the infrastructure plan include a new $248 annual registration fee for electric vehicles starting next year. The current registration fee for electric vehicles is $35 every two years.