Macomb, IL – Macomb residents and businesses might soon have to pay a higher telecommunications tax. Aldermen appear ready to hike the tax from 2% to 4%. The increased revenue could help offset some increasing expenses, such as for salaries, health insurance, and fuel. City Administrator Mike Hays recommended an increase to 6%, but at this week's committee meeting aldermen indicated they are not prepared to approve that large of an increase. Aldermen did not have power to approve the change at the committee meeting. Instead, the first reading of the proposal will take place at their first meeting next month. You can listen to the entire city council discussion of the issue by clicking on the audio button above.