How Motor Fuel Taxes Are Distributed to Local Governments

Tim Peters of the Illinois Department of Transportation writes that MFT funds are distributed to local agencies in the following breakdown:

  • 49.10% goes to the municipalities – apportioned in proportion to population;
  • 16.74% goes to the counties having a population 1,000,000 or more (Cook County);
  • 18.27% goes to counties having a population less than 1,000,000 – apportioned in proportion to motor vehicle license fees collected;
  • 15.89% goes to the road districts/townships – apportioned to each in proportion to a total mileage of roads in the State.


How Motor Fuel Taxes Are Distributed to Local Governments — 5 Comments

  1. If a township is dissolved, does the State get to keep the MFT funds that otherwise would have been distributed to the township?

  2. Hold up. 101 Illinois counties pay 16.74% of their collected motor fuel tax to Cook Co.?

    We get to keep a stinkin, puny, 1.53% difference for our own counties?

    While Cook gets to keep 35%?

    Am I reading that right?

  3. Under current law it would be redistributed to the remaining townships in Illinois.

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