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Public safety tax to be voted on by Macoupin County residents

9:30 AM, Jan 9, 2013   |    comments
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MACOUPIN COUNTY, Ill. (KSDK) - The Macoupin County Board adopted an ordinance Tuesday that asks for voter approval on a public safety tax.

The board voted to pose the following question to voters: "To pay for public safety purposes, shall Macoupin County be authorized to impose an increase on its share of local sales taxes by 0.75 percent? This would mean that a consumer would pay an additional 75 cents in sales tax for every $100 of tangible personal property bought at retail in Macoupin County."

If the tax is approved, Board Chairman Mark Dragovich says he will lead the effort to freeze the County's portion of property taxes for Macoupin County residents over the next two years.

"If voters were to approve the public safety tax at the April Consolidated Election, I will commit to bringing a measure to the Board in May to freeze the County's portion of property taxes," said Dragovich. "In my mind, if the County's residents accept a willingness to help fund public safety to a greater degree, it is only fair for the county to do all it can to freeze its portion of residents' tax bills."

The public safety tax would not apply to grocery store food purchases, prescription and non-prescription drugs, medical appliances, tangible personal property that is titled or registered, or other items currently exempt from sales tax.

The tax would be used for crime prevention, detention, police, and other emergency services. It is estimated the tax could generate between $500,000 and $800,000 annual for the county, costing each resident an average of 33 cents per week.

Macoupin County's current sales tax is 6.25 percent, the lowest in effect in Illinois.

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