Belleville set to vote on sales tax extension; opponents plan rally

News-DemocratAugust 4, 2013 

— The full City Council is set to vote Monday night on a finance panel proposal with two parts: first, to extend a sales tax increase for two years; and second, before the tax increase expires, to place the issue as a nonbinding referendum on the November 2014 general election ballot.

Meanwhile, opponents of the sales tax extension plan to hold a rally set to start at 6 p.m. Monday -- right before the City Council meeting -- in front of City Hall, 101 S. Illinois St.

The rally is being organized by Americans For Prosperity-Illinois, a state subsidiary of the conservative political advocacy organization based in Arlington, Va. Since its founding in 2004, AFP has pushed for an anti-tax agenda nationwide.

If the council OKs the measure Monday, then the issue will go before city voters in November 2014. If it passes, then the sales extension could last until Dec. 31, 2015.

The 0.25 percent sales tax increase is set to expire Dec. 31 of this year. It raises city sales tax from $7.85 to $8.10 on a $100 purchase outside special business districts, where sales tax is higher.

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