Champaign sales tax could increase



CHAMPAIGN -- It may soon cost more to shop in Champaign.

Champaign City Council will vote on raising the city's sales tax to nine percent.

Critics of the rate increase say the 0.25% rate increase will hurt local commerce.

But not all small businesses are against it, including Jon's Pipe Shop manager, Michael LaDue. LaDue is also a city council member.

LaDue said the proposed increase would help fund important public services, like city police and fire.

"The overall health of the economy is dictated by a lot of interrelated things, having to do with the quality of services and amenities underwritten by the tax base and the local government," LaDue said.

City council will vote on the increase Tuesday night.


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