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Still, board Democrats argued the county's infrastructure needs are too great to put off the decision.
Two years ago, the Will County Board approved its 20-year transportation plan to lay out its long-term infrastructure needs as the local population and economy continue to grow.
But there is a $1.3 billion shortfall in the funding for the more than two dozen projects which are part of the plan, according to Jeff Ronaldson, the county's director of transportation. The additional money from the state will reduce the shortfall by about 11%.
Joe VanDuyne, D-Wilmington, who chairs the County Board Public Works and Transportation Committee, argued a county gas tax would provide a myriad of benefits in beginning to close that gap.
Unlike the increased state gas tax that local drivers pay, nearly all of the revenue generated by a county gas tax would go to local projects. Plus, while increased truck traffic has been an annoyance to many residents, Democrats have argued a gas tax is one way logistics companies can pay to use county roads.
If the county wanted to turn to the state or federal government for help on road projects, VanDuyne added, having adequate money on hand enhances the likelihood of the work getting done.
"We have a lot of roads to fix," he said.