Last week Randy Witter, lobbyist for the Illinois Self Storage Association (ISSA), met with Senator James Meeks to discuss a bill that could potentially add a 6 percent sales tax to self-storage services in the state. The association has been taking measures to battle the tax since Senate Bill 750 was revived a year ago.
Senator Meeks was the original sponsor of the bill, intended to fund education. Though SB750 never moved from the Senate, when House Bill 174 reached the floor, Meeks added to it an amendment including the sales-tax language from SB750. HB174 passed the Senate and returned to the House for concurrence, where it currently sits.
Witter met with Meeks when the legislature was in session last week for the Governor’s state address. According to ISSA, Meeks indicated the association is “ahead of the curve” in its effort to remove self-storage from the list of services to be taxed. Meeks said he felt confident HB174 would not see any movement until after the general election in November. However, other variables must be considered, such as the primary election in February.
ISSA said it will remain constant in delivering its message to legislators during the spring session of the General Assembly and will continue to keep its members informed.