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Tinley Park Considers Tacking on Local Sales Tax

The board will discuss adding .75 percent home rule sales tax to certain purchases during its Feb. 18 meeting.

Tinley Park officials will weigh the option of enacting a local sales tax this summer on certain goods purchased in village limits.

If approved, the 0.75 percent tax would take effect July 1 and would be applicable to most purchases, excluding prescription drugs, vehicles and groceries.

The proposed tax is expected to generate $5.4 million in additional revenue for the Village—monies that will be used to fund Emerald Ash Borer removal and replacement, street repairs, and inflationary expense increases. 

"Additionally, it will provide a safety net for an uncertain financial future for both the State of Illinois and Cook County and their impact on the Village," according to village officials.

The board will hear public comments during a reading of the ordinance during Tuesday night’s village board meeting. The item will be up for vote at the board's March 4 meeting.

Recent analysis has shown that Village expenses will soon begin to exceed revenue streams, and that leaders would have to look for new sources of income to offset the shortfall. 

Officials honed in on the local sales tax, as a route to avoid a property tax hike. The tax is projected to cost the average household $123 annually. The tax would bump the sales tax in the Cook County portion of Tinley Park to 8.75 percent; 7.75 percent in Will County areas.

The new tax is expected to generate millions annually; roughly half of that is expected to come from residents, the other half from nonresidents who shop in Tinley Park, according to village officials.

The Village has avoided the tax, even as other south suburban municipalities instituted similar ones.

“We have pushed it off as long as we thought we could,” Tinley Park Mayor Ed Zabrocki told Sun-Times Media. 
Larry February 17, 2014 at 07:16 AM
Everyone raises taxes on cigarettes, Never see a TAX ON ALCHOL, D.U.I.S all the time, put an Ill. $1.00 tax on liquor use it to fund pensions. People drink all the time!!!
Chris Ryan February 17, 2014 at 09:01 AM
I shopped Tinley to support our Village. Now I will shop else where to save a few $.
The Oracle of Tinley Park February 17, 2014 at 02:37 PM
If there is to be a new tax, make it a LUXURY TAX. If you have the money to blow on spinning rims, fur coats, jewelry, tanning salons, up-dos, bass amplified car sound systems or loud motorcycles that make most people hate you as you drive down the street ... you have the .75 percent extra to pay that tax. Leave everyday clothing, food and beverages alone. People need those things to survive. Also, leave cigarettes alone. The outrageous taxes on them are already more disgusting than the habit itself.
Larry February 17, 2014 at 03:38 PM
ORACLE,QUIT DRINGING AND SMOKING!
Dan February 18, 2014 at 07:56 AM
democRATS love to steal form tax payers. must be a lot of section 8,and link in the village. big pimping right ED?
Larry February 18, 2014 at 08:23 AM
Also allowing 17 yr. olds people to vote, need to attract new voters!!!
Pat C. February 18, 2014 at 09:35 AM
I'll shop elsewhere.
Renee Dybala February 18, 2014 at 01:17 PM
crazy idea...I as well will shop elsewhere.....
TheLonePunman February 18, 2014 at 02:06 PM
Here's a novel idea, cut spending and make all trustee positions part time with a 25k max. salary and cut der Fuhrer's to 70k...unless of course you want another Harvey situation.
Baileykatt February 18, 2014 at 02:17 PM
http://www.tinleypark.org/DocumentCenter/View/1348. All village of Tinley Park trustees are part time and get paid $13K/year. The mayor makes $32K.
TP Mom February 18, 2014 at 06:31 PM
Larry, you're not grasping the rhyme and reason of 17-year-olds voting. They will be allowed to vote in a primary election IF they will be 18 by the time of the general election.
Linda Brach February 18, 2014 at 07:15 PM
Maybe the trustee should take a cut in pay, the taxes are already way to high I will continue to shop somewhere else
Larry February 18, 2014 at 11:30 PM
TP MOM, I know about the age of them turning 18 by that time, but why now. A 18 yr .old doesn't even belong voting the age should be 21. How did Obahma get elected by majority of young voters.
Joe Tinley February 19, 2014 at 12:05 AM
This is the problem when PROGRESSIVES / SOCIALIST start running out of other peoples money to spend, raise taxes find new ways to tax. Thank you DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST PARTY OF ILLINOIS,
Larry February 19, 2014 at 07:54 AM
Joe and they are trying to take away pension benefit's so they have more money to spend on $600,000 Copper Doors for the Capital in Springfield!!!

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