* Transportation projects are funded by several things, including the state’s Motor Fuel Tax. But lawmakers also taxed things like parking to fund projects earlier this year. Doug Finke looked at the fine print of some new rules and found that IDOR intends to tax private parking at events like the Illinois State Fair…
(A)ccording to rules filed by the Department of Revenue to flesh out how it plans to collect the tax and who must pay it. The department has filed 23 pages of proposed rules for the tax that include many examples of who is affected. Among the examples is this one:
“Every year a fair comes to a town. The owners of property near the fairground sell parking spaces on their property for $10 per day. If an owner of property makes available for use more than 3 parking spaces, the owner is liable for collecting and remitting the tax.”
This could be pretty difficult to enforce. I mean, these are all-cash “businesses” run out of peoples’ front yards, or school, American Legion, etc. parking lots. It could wind up costing almost as much to enforce as the 6 percent tax would bring in.
* It’s not going over well with local state Rep. Tim Butler (R-Springfield), who says the GA will need to take a closer look at this topic, but his alternative may not attract a lot of suburban support…
Butler said some other changes might need to be considered. He thinks parking lots at Regional Transportation Authority facilities that are used by commuters should be taxed.
“That is a potential huge source of income,” he said. “If we’re going to put the tax on mom and pop operations parking cars around the fairgrounds, we certainly need to look at the RTA.”