Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Sales Tax Increase

The Carbondale sales tax will increase to 8.75% on July 1, equal with Carterville, and among the highest in the state, .25% higher than Marion. Half the money raised by the tax goes into the general fund to help cover budget shortfalls which had, in order to make the tax more palatable to various constituencies, goes into a fund designated for special projects.

I understand the need for increasing the tax to cover the budget shortfall. However I am not thrilled with the special projects fund, since we don't know what special project the money might fund. Who will oversee the fund and disbursement of monies from it?

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