The Taylorville City Council voted Monday evening to direct City Attorney Rocki Romano to draft an ordinance raising taxi cab fees to $100 a year from the original $5 and to continue background checks. There are three taxi cab companies in town. Representatives from all three taxi cab companies were present. Eric Stillwell, who is with Orange is the New Ride said in the meeting he was concerned because low-income drivers wouldn’t be able to pay the $100.
Stillwell continued saying that by giving license fees to drivers it unfairly targets them when ride services like Uber and Lyft don’t have to pay license fees.
There was a concern from some of the Aldermen about drivers driving cabs without licenses, and without insurance. The feeling is with this high of a cost it would eliminate drivers trying to abuse the system. The motion passed 4-3 in favor of the new ordinance. Alderman Kathy Driskell, Alderman Jim Olive, Alderman Lee Lanzotti and Alderman Larry Budd voted yes. Alderman Shawn Burtle, Alderman Ernie Dorchinecz, and Alderman Chris Skultetty voted no. Alderman Megan Bryant was absent from the meeting.