Joliet abating gas tax for truck stop
By Bob Okon firstname.lastname@example.org May 7, 2013 10:44PM
Updated: June 10, 2013 1:50PM
JOLIET — The city is abating its gasoline tax for a 2.6-acre truck stop and travel center to be built at Illinois 53 and Laraway Road this summer.
The city council voted unanimously Tuesday for a break on the gas tax to make the Route 66 Food N Fuel Center more competitive with nearby gas stations in unincorporated Will County that do not have the city tax.
The package approved by the council also adds a 1 percent sales tax on other merchandise sold at the travel center to make up for some of the lost gas tax.
“This is a nice project that will help us jump-start a commercial area that is in need of development,” City Manager Thomas Thanas said.
The travel center will include a Pops Italian Beef counter and a Dunkin’ Donuts with a drive-through.
It will have 10 fueling islands — five for cars and five for semi-trucks.
Len McEnery, of Mokena, the owner of Route 66 Food N Fuel Center, said he expects to begin construction in June and hopes to open four months later. The project is estimated to cost $5.5 million and employ 40 workers.
Thanas said that while the city is abating its gas tax for the development, it will collect sales and property taxes that Joliet does not get now when the business begins operating.