Concerns over proposed sales tax increase

Oct 9, 2013

Credit Denise Molina-Weiger / Peoria Public Radio
Members of the business community got the chance to find out how they can help improve education in Peoria. Representatives with the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce, District 150, and Mayor Jim Ardis held a question and answer session on ways the business community can contribute to the effort.

District 150 stressed the importance of county residents approving a one-percent sales tax increase in next year’s election to support capital improvements. Mary Ardapple is the interim President of the Chamber. She says the business community is concerned about the proposed increase, but she says it’s open to discussing the issue further.

“The discussion that I learned today on the sales tax referendum was the consideration that the district would consider property tax relief, so that not all of it would go towards facility enhancements. And I’d like to hear more about that from the district.”

Ardapple says a Chamber committee will study the issue so the organization can come up with a formal position, but not until after January 1st. Mayor Jim Ardis says the city is also concerned about the proposed sales tax increase, but he says the council will need to look into the matter further as well.

Ardis has also has proposed allowing the city to appoint members to the school board. That was met with resistance from the school board’s president.