A southern Illinois lawmaker wants to temporarily cut the tax on propane. The Belleville News-Democrat reports 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.
The polar vortex returned to the Midwest this week, with frigid temperatures making it difficult for Illinoisans to keep their houses warm. Winter has been especially harsh for people who heat with propane, which has seen a near four-fold price increase in the wake of a regional shortage.
State Sen. Dale Righter (R-Mattoon) says the cost of propane is forcing families to make difficult decisions.