Measure would temporarily cut Illinois propane tax

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A southern Illinois lawmaker wants to temporarily cut the tax on propane.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/1pt1SOy ) the proposal is being introduced by Salem Republican Rep. John Cavaletto.

He wants to lower the tax from 6.25 percent to 1.25 percent. If it's approved, the decrease would take effect June 1 and last through August.

Cavaletto says the temporary reprieve could mean "hundreds of dollars in savings for the average homeowner" if they fill propane tanks before the temperature drops in the fall.

His says his bill would offer one-time relief.

Earlier this year, a nationwide propane shortage prompted Illinois' governor to issue an emergency order relaxing rules on truck drivers so they could travel out of state in search of propane supplies.

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Information from: Belleville News-Democrat, http://www.bnd.com