City Hopes Voters Will Renew Sales Tax

Macomb, IL – A sales tax referendum could appear on the ballot in Macomb next year. The city will seek permission to continue the half-cent sales tax that pays for infrastructure improvements such as street and sewer repairs. Mayor Mick Wisslead says the tax is set to expire in 2008. Wisslead hopes voters recognize how much has been accomplished with the $700,000 raised by the tax every year. The mayor thinks the sales tax is more fair than the property tax because it allows everyone who shops in town to contribute to maintenance of the infrastructure. If all goes as planned, the referendum will be on the ballot in November 2006.