The conclusion of an email from State Rep. Mike Tryon:
SB 402 and HB 5440: Satellite Television Tax
These controversial bills were very similar, and both attempted to impose a 5% tax on satellite television providers, like the Dish Network and DIRECTV.
Proponents of the bill claimed it would level the playing field between cable TV providers, who pay franchise fees to counties and municipalities, and satellite TV providers, who do not.
Opponents, mainly the satellite TV industry and consumers who utilize satellite TV services, claimed the cable tax was fair since cable TV companies utilize land easements to run lines while satellite providers do not require any land or easements for their service.
It was estimated that the tax would generate between $65-$70 million per year in revenue. In House Bill 5440, 100% of the funds generated from the tax were to be allocated for the Education Assistance Fund, and in SB 402 the proceeds would have been split between the Education Assistance Fund and the Capital Projects Fund. Neither bill was called for a vote during the lame duck session.
Inauguration of the 98th General Assembly
On Wednesday, January 9th I was sworn into office for a fifth term in the House of Representatives. On this day, the new legislative map took effect and my district number changed to 66 from 64. The majority of the constituents I served under the old map will remain in my new district, but I will now also serve the needs of residents from Northern Kane County. The following communities fall within the boundaries of my new legislative district:
- Crystal Lake
- East Dundee
- Lake in the Hills
- Sleepy Hollow
- West Dundee
If you are no longer going to be a part of my new district, please know I enjoyed representing you and appreciate your support.
If you will be a new constituent, know that I am looking forward to getting to know you and your community so that I can ably represent your priorities in Springfield and at home. I look forward to these next two years and recognize there is much work to be done in the legislature.
I appreciate your ongoing support and confidence, and will do my best to represent the priorities of the people of District 66.
With the new map, I have decided to move my legislative office more into the center of District 66.
Beginning Tuesday, January 23, my office will be located off of Randall Road near the Crystal Lake/Lake in the Hills border, between Village and Ackman Roads. My new address will be: 1500 Carlemont, Suite D, Crystal Lake, IL 60014. My phone number and email address will remain the same.
As always, if my staff or I can assist you in any way, please do not hesitate to call my office at 815-459-6453.
Michael W. Tryon
State Representative, District 66