Where some of those fuel taxes go : Editorials : Oswego Ledger-Sentinel : Hometown Newspaper for Oswego and Montgomery, Illinois
Where some of those fuel taxes go
No one likes to pay taxes-especially at the gas pump-but we believe it's worth pointing out that this year the Villages of Oswego and Montgomery will spend just under $1 million in state reimbursed Motor Fuel Tax (MFT) revenues to resurface several local streets.
MFT revenues are paid when you purchase gas or diesel fuel for your vehicle and then a portion of those funds are reimbursed to local municipalities by the state on a per capita (per person) basis based on the most recent census. Local use of MFT revenues is subject to the review and approval of the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT).
Both Oswego and Montgomery have annually used MFT revenues to help pay for local street maintenance projects. Last month the Montgomery Village Board voted to award a contract totaling $285,885 to a contractor, Hardin Paving of Hillside, to resurface some streets in the village as part of this year's MFT program. Meanwhile, just last week, the Oswego Village Board took a similar action by awarding a contract totaling $654,063 to D Construction of Coal City.
The MFT street maintenance programs have worked well over the years in both villages. The evidence can be seen out your window or on your next drive through your neighborhood. The condition of streets in Oswego and Montgomery neighborhoods compares very favorably with local streets in other area communities, especially to the west and south.
However, the amount of MFT revenues the two villages receive each year is not nearly enough to pay to maintain all the local streets. And the maintenance challenge will only grow in the years ahead as the miles of new streets that were built in the two villages during the boom years from the mid-1990s to 2008 require resurfacing.
Both village boards need to act soon on plans to pay for future street maintenance beyond what their respective communities now receive in MFT revenues.