Local municipalities could soon be able to share retailers’ private tax information with third parties.

State Sen. Michael Hastings, D-Matteson, said the state Department of Revenue isn’t distributing tax dollars correctly. His bill would allow local public bodies to hire third parties to find errors in the way the state distributes tax dollars to local government entities.

Hastings said his measure is about fairness. “It’s about doing what’s right for your municipality. I think you’ve got to get the money back for towns that are being disenfranchised.”

Hastings said small towns cannot do the research that private firms could do.

“Third-party vendors have technology that is remarkable. They can analyze information faster and cheaper than a municipality having to hire an employee to analyze this,” Hastings said.

State Sen. Dale Righter, R-Mattoon, said the bill allows too much private information to be shared.

“The language that exists in Senate Bill 2933 allows the municipality, as long as they’re entered into a confidentiality agreement, to share that with literally anyone,” Righter said.

Hastings plans to call the bill for a vote Tuesday.