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Are Downtown Improvements Worth a Higher Sales Tax?

Attendees at a meeting to discuss downtown improvements in Geneva said they would not support a sales tax hike to make such improvements.

Residents at a community forum about improvements to Geneva's downtown said they would not support changes if it meant that sales taxes would go up, according to the Chicago Tribune

City ordinance would allow the city to raise the sales tax for that district in quarter-cent increments up to 1 percent, the Tribune reports, and the city is considering creating a downtown business district.
Mike May 03, 2014 at 07:48 AM
A beautiful. well-maintained downtown is important. Kudos to the volunteer garden club for helping with this. The question is - will raising the city sales tax 1% pose an additional burden to the merchants, or make them less competitive from a price perspective? I don't know.
Lorr Ochsner May 03, 2014 at 08:45 AM
most people don't even know what the tax is in Geneva or that neighboring cities are all higher. They may know more about Chicago taxes because that is on the news.
Lou B. May 03, 2014 at 01:31 PM
I know that when i buy a cheeseburger at McDonalds, St. Charles, that it costs me .01 more than in Geneva! In Crook County it costs about .10 more. Stupid post, I know but why not just set aside a little money from the regular revenues over 5-10 years and build a fund for improvements.
Doreen Dawson-Kubiak May 05, 2014 at 06:08 AM
Hit up Shodeen, he own 3/4's of the town anyway. He should pay for improvements. Just like he paid for high school students to sand bag his hotel for non-gratus during the flood last year.

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