Raise Crest Hill Sales Tax?

Raise Crest Hill Sales Tax?

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Barfly Brenda

Plainfield, IL

#1 Apr 14, 2009
I say "NO", people are missing a great opportunity here. Instead of raising the sales tax the city should be advertising and promoting that our sales tax is lower than Joliet, Romeoville and Plainfield etc.“Come to Crest Hill and save even more money”. Let’s pull shoppers away from other stores. If people knew they could save a few dollars in tax by going across the street and shopping at Food 4 Less instead of Ultra Food or Jewel it would be worthwhile. More shoppers = more tax money in the long run. And let’s face it we can’t compete on an even playing field with Joliet and other communities so lets keep our advantage and promote it.

“Troll Warrior”

Since: Jan 09

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#2 Apr 14, 2009
That is a GREAT idea...which is why it probably won't happen.

<sigh>

Since: Apr 07

Crest Hill, IL

#3 Apr 14, 2009
If we were to raise our sales tax to match the surrounding communities our overall revenue from the tax would nearly double. So this is the standard against which your idea to promote Crest Hill as having a lower sales tax must be judged. Do you think you can double the amount of goods sold in Crest Hill by promoting our lower sales tax? Do you think people will change where they shop in order to save about 1%?

I would be interested to know if other cities have promoted their lower taxes to attract business from neighboring communities. I think it would take a great amount of effort to make it work so that the city would benefit from having a lower sales tax than our surrounding communities. I do like the thought of Crest Hill not only being a low tax city, but financially benefitting from that status. Just not sure it is realistic.

“Treating my Puppy like a dog”

Since: Mar 09

Crest Hill

#4 Apr 14, 2009
I have to agree with Crest Hill ... we are talking about .01 on the dollar ... you have to get a pretty big bill before anyone even feels the advantage ... and I think grocery is taxed at a different rate than regular retail ... besides how much retail do we have? I think we have as much industry and commercial as we can handle ... raising the sales tax is a great idea ... only if we could get more retail here in the city ... in fact if we raised the tax we could use that as a consession ... rather than giving all the sales tax we could give them the 1% and we will still be better off than we are now ...
Westsider

Oswego, IL

#5 Apr 14, 2009
Using a lower tax rate to attract shoppers would be a good idea if Crest Hill actually had much in the way of worthwhile shopping. We've got Menards, same as Joliet, but would a 1% reduction in sales tax prompt folks to drive over to Weber Rd vs staying in Joliet? I don't think so...I mean, if it were reversed I wouldn't go to the Jefferson St Menards just to save 1%.

It seems to me that a lot of the businesses in CH are geared toward those on the lower end of the economic scale. There is definitely a need for that, especially in this climate, but it wouldn't hurt for the city to mix it up a bit and try to get a better blend of retail. I'm not suggesting they bring in Nordstroms or anything like that, but we have enough dollar stores & resale clothing shops.
crest hill worker

Plainfield, IL

#6 Apr 14, 2009
Westsider wrote:
Using a lower tax rate to attract shoppers would be a good idea if Crest Hill actually had much in the way of worthwhile shopping. We've got Menards, same as Joliet, but would a 1% reduction in sales tax prompt folks to drive over to Weber Rd vs staying in Joliet? I don't think so...I mean, if it were reversed I wouldn't go to the Jefferson St Menards just to save 1%.
It seems to me that a lot of the businesses in CH are geared toward those on the lower end of the economic scale. There is definitely a need for that, especially in this climate, but it wouldn't hurt for the city to mix it up a bit and try to get a better blend of retail. I'm not suggesting they bring in Nordstroms or anything like that, but we have enough dollar stores & resale clothing shops.
You have hit the nail on the head, there is a joke that goes around town, "I'll meet you at the dollar store in Crest Hill" the reply is
"which one" this goes back to the days of Randich and then the down turn hit under Nick.
Crest Hill could of had Louis Joliet Mall and Weber Rd all the way to 55, Randich didn't have the dream & said with growth comes problems- Really,, with lack of growth you still have problems and no money to fix them- just look at our water & sewer problems they are significant.
The question were do go from here? And how...
We can't have very little to offer a business when they can go down the road and get a better deal from Romeoville..
Its sad

AOL

#7 Apr 14, 2009
crest hill worker wrote:
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The question were do go from here? And how...
We can't have very little to offer a business when they can go down the road and get a better deal from Romeoville..

I have to agree, its sad to say, but we may be just a little ghost town as people pass through on their way to the surrounding towns to shop......unless they like dollar stores
ReadMyLips

Plainfield, IL

#8 Apr 16, 2009
Crest Hill is giving away 75% of its share of the sales tax on the two biggest revenue producers, Food For Less and Menards. Why do you immagine that they located here. We need to collect all existing sales tax revenue before we look at raising the rate to compensate.

“Treating my Puppy like a dog”

Since: Mar 09

Crest Hill

#9 Apr 16, 2009
ReadMyLips wrote:
Crest Hill is giving away 75% of its share of the sales tax on the two biggest revenue producers, Food For Less and Menards. Why do you immagine that they located here. We need to collect all existing sales tax revenue before we look at raising the rate to compensate.
Yeah and lets get more non tax revenue generating commercial and industrial business too ...
Eddie Ruettiger

Plainfield, IL

#10 Apr 24, 2009
Please understand that a raise in sales tax will not effect Food, cars, or prescriptions. It is on clothing and other items. The group that came in to the work session and spoke about the T.I.F.s & Business Districts stated that a 1% difference in the sales tax doesn't turn away customer based on there research. This is why we should look to exploring and supporting the new mayor on his raising the sales tax in the City. We may have to look at having a business district on Weber Rd at the empty strip mall that is in bankruptcy. The money generated from a business district there will off set the work that is going to have to be done to fix the Road that was built to SMALL. YES it is to Narrow and therefore no permits can be given to the strip mall due to this and other issues the developer needs to clear. So you have a higher sales tax on those business that wish to go in and the customers that go to that mall will pay for it. You Raise the sales tax to generate income for the city so that all that come into the city are paying for the services used here and you CUT the utilities tax out cause home owners can not keep caring the bill here in the city. Just get ride of it! These sale tax and business district are then voluntary in most cases. You are not tax something people must have to live in most parts. You decided to get a new pair of jeans you pay the tax and the city tax is still lower they other cities around. Last you need to look at exploring a T.I.F. district on Broadway. You need to keep the T.I.F. Very narrow and tight on the land that is included in this. All amounts of money the other taxing bodies are getting will continue at the rate they are today. In 3 to 5 years you hope the pot of money comes up to a point to be able to start buying up bad properties in that area or other things the fund can go for. This is what needs to be done.
As for the money given away to Menard's and Food For less. Business like these know that they generate large amounts of tax dollars and they will don't come in with out some kind of tax rebate to off set construction and other costs. However I do feel that there were way too much given back to these business. So you have to decide given these business nothing and they go up the street. Give them every thing and you might as well not have them in you city. It helps to have someone that knows the market and can negotiate in these moments in charge. The city has been screaming for the longs time that we are the lowest sales tax in the area and it has done a thing. Is it not a bad thing to keep doing the same but expect a different out come.
Crest Hill worker

Plainfield, IL

#11 Apr 25, 2009
Hey there Eddie Ruettiger, ever hear of twitter?

Dude get to the point quick.

Are you the same Eddie Ruettiger that lost the election?
ur kidding right

Chicago, IL

#12 Apr 26, 2009
I like to shop locally and If you raise the tax now, I'll just go where I can get a better deal. Soliman doesn't know what he's doing!
Jon E

Spanaway, WA

#13 Apr 27, 2009
ur kidding right wrote:
I like to shop locally and If you raise the tax now, I'll just go where I can get a better deal. Soliman doesn't know what he's doing!
Sounds like your the kind of person that would spend $10 just to save 1.
Evertt

Shorewood, IL

#14 May 1, 2009
I think we should get a Traders Joe in our area. That would attract shoppers. We should raise the sales tax too. Our City needs money and they have to stop bleeding the homeowners.
Barfly Brenda

Plainfield, IL

#15 May 3, 2009
Evertt wrote:
I think we should get a Traders Joe in our area. That would attract shoppers. We should raise the sales tax too. Our City needs money and they have to stop bleeding the homeowners.
Trader Joe’s now that’s funny. There is no way a Trader Joe’s would come to the discount city. Well maybe if they opened a store for expired and damaged food. New city slogan “Crest Hill making the eastside of Joliet look not so bad”.

“Treating my Puppy like a dog”

Since: Mar 09

Crest Hill

#16 May 4, 2009
Evertt wrote:
I think we should get a Traders Joe in our area. That would attract shoppers. We should raise the sales tax too. Our City needs money and they have to stop bleeding the homeowners.
It would be great ... an upscale & trendy grocer ... but taxes on groceries wouldn't increase.
Barfly Brenda

Plainfield, IL

#17 May 5, 2009
Does Trader Joe's take LINK cards?
Tea party

Braidwood, IL

#18 Jan 30, 2012
Eddie_R must have something on the inside!
allergic to stupid

Joliet, IL

#19 Feb 6, 2012
Trader Joes will never come to crest hill joliet lockport shorewood or romeoville. This area does not have the demographics its stupid to think that they would if the City didn't have so many dollar stores.

Pack another 10 or 15 thousand people in one of those communities and give every resident an extra $10000 to spend and they would go to any of them.

I think crest hill has done a great job at attracting businesses that fit the customers that shop here.
Crest Hill patriot

Winfield, IL

#20 Feb 23, 2012
Barfly Brenda wrote:
I say "NO", people are missing a great opportunity here. Instead of raising the sales tax the city should be advertising and promoting that our sales tax is lower than Joliet, Romeoville and Plainfield etc.“Come to Crest Hill and save even more money”. Let’s pull shoppers away from other stores. If people knew they could save a few dollars in tax by going across the street and shopping at Food 4 Less instead of Ultra Food or Jewel it would be worthwhile. More shoppers = more tax money in the long run. And let’s face it we can’t compete on an even playing field with Joliet and other communities so lets keep our advantage and promote it.
Thank You Brenda. Well put!

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