Champaign – The City Council has approved a sales tax increase.
The increase will raise the tax to 9%. The money will be used to help fund important public services, like city police and fire.
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 increase will go into effect in January of 2014.
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