Lake County Democrats, Led by Chairwoman Sandy Hart and Paul Frank, Are Pushing to Increase Lake County’s Motor Fuel Tax. Where does Pares Parekh stand?
Today at the Lake County Board’s Finance Committee meeting, Paul Frank, the current Finance Committee chairman, suggested that Lake County should increase its motor fuel tax next year, which would be in addition to the state’s doubling of the motor fuel tax last year and instituting an automatic annual increase. In response, Lake County Board Member Mike Rummel said that he would not support any increase in the gas tax.
Rummel, who is up for reelection in the November 3rd General Election, is asking his opponent, Paras Parekh, where he stands on this important issue. Rummel said, “I am not in favor of any tax increase in Lake County, especially one as regressive as an increase in the gas tax. Yet Paras Parekh’s biggest backers all support higher taxes in Springfield and Lake County. Voters deserve to know if Paras Parekh stands with Commissioner Frank and Chairwoman Hart as they try to raise our taxes yet again, or if he stands on the side of Lake County’s taxpayers.”
Since his election to the Lake County Board in 2012, Mike Rummel has been an independent leader who has worked across the aisle and with the public sector to drive real results for his district. As the past Chairman of the Finance Committee for the Lake County Board, Mike worked in a bipartisan manner to reduce spending by streamlining government services, eliminating inefficient spending, consolidating departments, and refinancing debt, all while maintaining services.
As Finance Chairman for the Lake County Forest Preserve, Mike worked in a bipartisan fashion to reduce the overall budget from $102 million to $82 million, which resulted in a significant property tax decrease for Lake County. This was accomplished through streamlining services, consolidating taxing districts, and promoting public-private partnerships and intergovernmental cooperation. Rummel concluded, “In this campaign, I am the only fiscally responsible and anti-tax candidate who has worked across the aisle to achieve real results for taxpayers. Meanwhile, Paras Parekh has accepted support and tens of thousands of dollars of campaign contributions from politicians and special interests outside the 12th District who want to raise our taxes during the most challenging economic time in generations. If elected, who will Paras Parekh represent: us or his tax-hiking donors?”