Village to Discuss Food and Beverage Tax in La Grange

Should La Grange adopt a one percent restaurant tax in the 2014-15 budget?

La Grange Village Board members Monday will continue their discussion about a potential food and beverage tax in lieu of an increase in the village's municipal utility tax on gas and electricity, which is scheduled to become effective May 1, according to a village staff memo. 

The one percent tax could generate about $350,000 for the village, according to a Chicago Tribune report

The village in recent years has cut staff in its police, fire and public works departments, and needs the new tax for fiscal year 2014-15, according to the paper. Without it, the village may need to eliminate two police officers, or about $200,000, from its budget.

What do you think of the idea? Tell us in the comments below.

John Pappas January 13, 2014 at 09:14 AM
Unlike the state and federal level where budgets are more subject to stark political choices, the local level is basically about funding fire and police, water and sewer capabilities, some capital projects and general admin. From what I have seen, La Grange has already cut staff in the police and fire departments, and other discretionary spending as far as it can go. While no one likes higher taxes, especially me, properly funding the municipality where I and my neighbors choose to live is a priority. The safety of our children, residents and property cannot be jeopardized. I have already witnessed a drop in police presence in the village in the 7 years since I've moved back to LG. I like our local eating establishments and frequent them often. Honestly, few will even notice a 1% surcharge on what is a discretionary expense to begin with. At least half of this revenue will come from non-La Grange residents dining in our village. I think this is a well thought out idea and should be approved.


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