Romeoville ups sales tax

Romeoville ups sales tax

There are 30 comments on the Suburban Chicago News story from Sep 18, 2009, titled Romeoville ups sales tax. In it, Suburban Chicago News reports that:

In an effort to be "proactive" in the face of declining property values, Romeoville Village Board members signed off Wednesday night on increases in the municipality's sales tax and food and beverage tax.

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Taxed

Plainfield, IL

#1 Sep 18, 2009
All the more reason not to shop in this flea bitten town with the ediface in process municipal building.

“Blood Roses”

Since: Sep 09

Villa Park, IL

#2 Sep 18, 2009
By KAREN SORENSEN For The Herald News
ROMEOVILLE -- In an effort to be "proactive" in the face of declining property values, Romeoville Village Board members signed off Wednesday night on increases in the municipality's sales tax and food and beverage tax.

The sales tax will increase by half a percent, putting an estimated $1.4 million into village coffers when it kicks in Jan. 1. The new 1 percent food and beverage tax -- which does not apply to groceries -- will generate about $400,000 in new cash, officials said.

Put plainly, someone who buys $100 worth of food at a restaurant can expect to pay an additional $1 in taxes; for someone who purchases $100 in other merchandise, the increase will be about 50 cents, Mayor John Noak said.

However, some residents will get a small break under this plan, Noak said. Property owners can expect their property taxes to be cut by 1 cent per $100 of equalized assessed valued, he said. For the owner of a $300,000 house, the tax drop would be about $10.

"It has been a goal of Romeoville, as it has expanded its retail, to take some of the burden off of the residents," Noak said. "We will shift the dollars to the people who come into the area from other areas."

Stores such as Wal-Mart and Kohl's are known to draw shoppers from Crest Hill, Lockport and elsewhere. In fact, perhaps as many as 40 percent to 50 percent of those stores' customer base may fall into that category, Noak said.

Moreover, there will be no incentive to shop in other towns because the sales, food and beverage tax rates are comparable, if not more elsewhere, he said.

Property reassessments done this year are indicating that values in about half of the village's subdivisions will drop by about 15 percent, Village Manager Steve Gulden said. That could add up to the loss of about $1 million in overall property value, he said.

The new tax money should guarantee the village will have a balanced 2009-10 budget when it goes into effect May 1, Gulden said. If the numbers hold steady, it will be the third year Romeoville has had a balanced budget, he said.

“All in all”

Since: Apr 09

I'd rather be fishing!

#3 Sep 18, 2009
Taxed wrote:
All the more reason not to shop in this flea bitten town with the ediface in process municipal building.
#1 Do you think that only Romeoville residents shop in the new retail area on Weber Rd? No, Read the story. Residents from other towns shop in Romeoville too. That is money coming into the Village
#2 The village is DROPPING PROPERTY TAXES by the same ammount as they are raising sales taxes. They are shifting the tax load off residents which is a good thing for Romeoville.

If you dont like it, Shop elsewhere. However I doubt that sales taxes are lower in too many places.
Taxed

Plainfield, IL

#4 Sep 21, 2009
And you believe what you read from the "village"? How naive. The property tax rate is not dropping. That is what the village controls. The economic meltdown will decrease the assesses valuation. The Townships assess.
OK go

Chicago, IL

#5 Sep 21, 2009
Taxed wrote:
And you believe what you read from the "village"? How naive. The property tax rate is not dropping. That is what the village controls. The economic meltdown will decrease the assesses valuation. The Townships assess.
I swear sometimes people are just looking for stuff to be pissed about. OK, go shop in Joliet or Bolingbrook or Crest Hill or Plainfield or Naperville or Lockport or just about anywhere else. You happily pay their taxes I'll bet. Better yet, drive over to Orland or somewhere else in Cook County, then you'll have the treat of giving them your tax dollars.

You know, the fact of the matter, not that you should let facts influence your paranoia at all, is that our village has run a budget surplus recently. Not many places can say that. Now they have taken the step to raise a tax that spreads the burden to anyone that shops in Romeoville rather than raising the property taxes, which it is their right to do by Illinois law. It really doesn't matter who does the assessing when the local government can increase their slice of the pie without new assessments.

So, go ahead, take your tax dollars over to another municipality, but make sure you don't complain when you don't get the services you want. Taxes are a reality, judiciously applied taxes are a rarity. I personally don't ever care to pay higher taxes if I don't have to, but when my local government has shown themselves to be responsible with my tax dollars in the past, I'll presume they're on my side and the side of keeping the community strong.
Lockport Opinion

Lombard, IL

#6 Sep 21, 2009
OK go wrote:
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I swear sometimes people are just looking for stuff to be pissed about. OK, go shop in Joliet or Bolingbrook or Crest Hill or Plainfield or Naperville or Lockport or just about anywhere else. You happily pay their taxes I'll bet. Better yet, drive over to Orland or somewhere else in Cook County, then you'll have the treat of giving them your tax dollars.
You know, the fact of the matter, not that you should let facts influence your paranoia at all, is that our village has run a budget surplus recently. Not many places can say that. Now they have taken the step to raise a tax that spreads the burden to anyone that shops in Romeoville rather than raising the property taxes, which it is their right to do by Illinois law. It really doesn't matter who does the assessing when the local government can increase their slice of the pie without new assessments.
So, go ahead, take your tax dollars over to another municipality, but make sure you don't complain when you don't get the services you want. Taxes are a reality, judiciously applied taxes are a rarity. I personally don't ever care to pay higher taxes if I don't have to, but when my local government has shown themselves to be responsible with my tax dollars in the past, I'll presume they're on my side and the side of keeping the community strong.
Thanks Mayor Noak.

The bottom line is - if they want to lower my property taxes - GOOD. It's about time that municipalities, schools, etc., get their money from other resources than just homeowners. I would love to see a shift to more of a sales tax and less property taxes in Lockport.

Hmmm, now if only we could get some retail built around here without having the local administration getting involved and slowing everything down so it doesn't get built as planned.

It's funny (or disgusting) how Romeoville, New Lenox and Frankfort were all able to get a lot of their big retail projects completed before the economy took a nose dive and none of their locations included an exit ramp to a major highway. What was the holdup Lockport? How come we are the only ones that didn't get a new Target or major big box retailer finished as planned? I get it that the big mall project is on hold, but all of these communities have just finished significant retail developments in the last year and we didn't. WHY?
Get A Life

Lemont, IL

#7 Sep 21, 2009
Lockport Opinion wrote:
<quoted text>Thanks Mayor Noak.
The bottom line is - if they want to lower my property taxes - GOOD. It's about time that municipalities, schools, etc., get their money from other resources than just homeowners. I would love to see a shift to more of a sales tax and less property taxes in Lockport.
Hmmm, now if only we could get some retail built around here without having the local administration getting involved and slowing everything down so it doesn't get built as planned.
It's funny (or disgusting) how Romeoville, New Lenox and Frankfort were all able to get a lot of their big retail projects completed before the economy took a nose dive and none of their locations included an exit ramp to a major highway. What was the holdup Lockport? How come we are the only ones that didn't get a new Target or major big box retailer finished as planned? I get it that the big mall project is on hold, but all of these communities have just finished significant retail developments in the last year and we didn't. WHY?
Because retailers happen to be smarter than our city council. Keep holding out and see what the city will throw into the post to entice you further. "Taxpayer Money is Free Money" in their eyes and this town has no problem, whatsoever, in giving our money away.

Since: Sep 09

AOL

#8 Sep 21, 2009
Jeffd902 wrote:
<quoted text>#1 Do you think that only Romeoville residents shop in the new retail area on Weber Rd? No, Read the story. Residents from other towns shop in Romeoville too. That is money coming into the Village
#2 The village is DROPPING PROPERTY TAXES by the same ammount as they are raising sales taxes. They are shifting the tax load off residents which is a good thing for Romeoville.
If you dont like it, Shop elsewhere. However I doubt that sales taxes are lower in too many places.
you couldnt be more wrong jeff.

township access taxes on your property not the village and when the ecomny rebounds watch your property tax bounce right back uo along with your higher sales tax
Doc

Homer Glen, IL

#9 Sep 21, 2009
We have to cut back on our spending when times are tight. The government still has not figured this out. Spend money wisely in good times and bad, and then you will not have to take more from the hard working people. Over 50% of what I make goes to the government- counting payroll taxes, property taxes, sales taxes, etc...When will the government get their greedy hands out of my pocket?

“All in all”

Since: Apr 09

I'd rather be fishing!

#10 Sep 21, 2009
the real father of 3 wrote:
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you couldnt be more wrong jeff.
township access taxes on your property not the village and when the ecomny rebounds watch your property tax bounce right back uo along with your higher sales tax
In Illinois, cities can and do impose their own property taxes. Look at Chicago.
Get A Life

Lemont, IL

#11 Sep 21, 2009
Doc wrote:
We have to cut back on our spending when times are tight. The government still has not figured this out. Spend money wisely in good times and bad, and then you will not have to take more from the hard working people. Over 50% of what I make goes to the government- counting payroll taxes, property taxes, sales taxes, etc...When will the government get their greedy hands out of my pocket?
I read this post and then I read your post that sounds like you support a new $142MM High School paid for by the taxpayers. Which is it?
Trout

Elgin, IL

#12 Sep 21, 2009
Doc wrote:
We have to cut back on our spending when times are tight. The government still has not figured this out. Spend money wisely in good times and bad, and then you will not have to take more from the hard working people. Over 50% of what I make goes to the government- counting payroll taxes, property taxes, sales taxes, etc...When will the government get their greedy hands out of my pocket?
Doctor Egghead,

Aren't you the guy who supported the 142 Mil referendum for the high school? Have you woken from your deep left-wing sleep, or are you just yanking our chains?
Doc

Homer Glen, IL

#13 Sep 21, 2009
Get A Life wrote:
<quoted text>
I read this post and then I read your post that sounds like you support a new $142MM High School paid for by the taxpayers. Which is it?
Read mu last post about the school.
GetThis

Romeoville, IL

#15 Sep 21, 2009
the real father of 3 wrote:
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you couldnt be more wrong jeff.
township access taxes on your property not the village and when the ecomny rebounds watch your property tax bounce right back uo along with your higher sales tax
Rfo3
You are right in that your property taxes are based on assessment of the value of your property which has dropped. When the rebound occurs/your property value increases,yes taxes will respond accordingly.
The sales tax increase,only a half percent will remain but still keeps us below our neighbors.
If this is what we need to do to keep all the services at present levels so be it.
I read all the time about lay-offs,service cut backs in lots of communities around us.
I am personally glad our people are staying ahead of problems.
If you choose to spend your money elsewhere you only pay someone elses bills.
Trout

Elgin, IL

#16 Sep 21, 2009
faux crusader wrote:
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Thanks Diane Seiler.
Shouldn't you someday consider contributing rather than spewing your hate from your failed political campaigns. You have so much to hate and so little to offer. Its people like you who take all these threads off topic just so can take a jab at people. Mayor Noak is good guy even if his team creamed your buddies in the last election. Dia, it may qualify as a condition to believe everyone that supports somebody you hate is that person and only that person.
The family needs you Diane, get off the computer for a while. In fact, consider gettin a job. Being fired 6 times in the last 10 years dont qualify as job experience.
Are you stupid? This is not Diane Seiler, you jerk. If Diane Seiler ever finds this site, she can use all the libel you have posted against you in court. I had a good dream yesterday, it involved you dying, as usual.
Lockport Opinion

Lombard, IL

#17 Sep 21, 2009
faux crusader wrote:
<quoted text>
Thanks Diane Seiler.
Shouldn't you someday consider contributing rather than spewing your hate from your failed political campaigns. You have so much to hate and so little to offer. Its people like you who take all these threads off topic just so can take a jab at people. Mayor Noak is good guy even if his team creamed your buddies in the last election. Dia, it may qualify as a condition to believe everyone that supports somebody you hate is that person and only that person.
The family needs you Diane, get off the computer for a while. In fact, consider gettin a job. Being fired 6 times in the last 10 years dont qualify as job experience.
Hey everyone we may have figured out who this d-bag is who keeps posting under a million names. This is the idiot that was supporting Dev in the last election and constantly calling me Diane Sieler back then too, which I am not. He is still pissed that Dev didn't win by the landslide that he predicted and instead won by only a few votes. He brings it around to this every single time. Same old broken record, over, over and over again, defending the city council and mayor. Still not Diane buddy, not even close. You will NEVER guess who I am.

I threw this out there for you to catch the bait and you jumped all over it chump. I'm starting to think that you may actually be Dev.
da man

Crest Hill, IL

#18 Sep 21, 2009
no new taxes please
ollie

Lemont, IL

#19 Oct 31, 2009
ollie from Chicago is nothing more than a "LIAR" folks. He claims his family served in Vietnam but has offered no proof to back up his claim.

Nothing but an inbred LIAR.
hamster

Lockport, IL

#20 Oct 31, 2009
ollie from lockport is trout
ollie

Lemont, IL

#21 Oct 31, 2009
hamster wrote:
ollie from lockport is trout
ollie from lockport isn't Trout. When you cite one post sent by Trout from Lockport, maybe you'll have a leg to stand on.

ollie from Chicago is a LIAR, claiming his family served in Vietnam, but offering no proof to back up his claim. He is also a self-admitted pedophile.

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