Anthony DeLuca

Illinois lawmaker proposes to cut budget package fee

An Illinois lawmaker has proposed cutting a fee from the state's budget package that affects local governments, arguing there wasn't enough time to fully examine it due to the urgency to end the prolonged budget impasse.

The budget package applied a 2 percent collection fee to sales taxes imposed on municipalities for collecting taxes above 6.25 percent. The fee generates about $60 million annually for the state.

Democratic Rep. Anthony DeLuca of Chicago Heights has proposed cutting the fee in half, The State Journal-Register reported.

"I've heard from (communities) that it does have a very big impact on them," DeLuca said. "Where they have a lot of...

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