Council approves sales tax increase

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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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