SPRINGFIELD, IL (AP) - Illinois is in the final stages of approving a $15 annual fee for all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), according to a report by Lee Enterprises newspaper. If it's approved, the permit would be required starting in January.
Chris McCloud, a spokesman for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, said the new surcharge could take an additional $800,000 a year from taxpayers.
But not everyone will have to pay. The Department has a list of those exempted from paying.
The proposed fee is the latest in a series of levies aimed at raising money for government programs. A $2 license-plate fee is expected to take up to $20 million for the Department of Natural Resources. There are also new fees for off-road recreation on state land and commercial fishing-related fees.