Do you own a business near an interstate or state highway? You can breathe a little easier, as a bill that State Representative Dan Beiser of Alton called burdensome and unnecessary has been eliminated. The Illinois Department of Transportation had recently been enforcing the Highway Advertising Control Act of 1971, which required the state to collect a fee on the signs in exchange for federal funding
Beiser says passage of the new law ensures taxpayers will not have to pay for a costly and inefficient enforcement system.
He says the law eliminates the fee on businesses, as well as a costly and inefficient sign registration system, which has cost taxpayers over $1 million to enforce since Fiscal Year 2011. The Illinois Department of Transportation estimates it would cost over $16.4 million to continue enforcing the program for the next 20 years.