Rep. Lawmakers Sounds The Alarm On 'Rain Tax'

Craig Dellimore
March 21, 2019 - 9:37 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A suburban lawmaker said a House Committee has passed a measure that would make some Illinois taxpayers pay more for the rain that falls on their properties.

State Representative Allen Skillicorn calls it a rain tax, but House Bill 825 refers to a Municipal Storm Water Disposal Fee, and the Crystal Lake Republican said it’s regressive and unlimited.

"That is taxing the rain water that would run off your roof, your driveway, or a parking lot of a building," he said. "Since it's a fee, and there isn't any stipulations to it, there's no limitations to it, it can affect even say your church, who is a tax-free entity."

Skillicorn said it would apply only to municipalities that don't have their own taxing authority; and it’s a way around the state’s tax caps. He thinks voters who hear about this won’t stand for it.

Backers argue it would cover the cost of getting storm water out of neighborhoods, preventing floods.