Shabbona residents pass 1 percent sales tax increase
SHABBONA – A referendum for a 1 percent sales tax increase passed 106-69 on Tuesday night, and the money will be used to
fund various projects, including road work and a well the village is building.
The increase bumps the village’s sales tax from 6.25 percent to 7.25 percent, and applies to such as prepared food, soft drinks and candy, personal hygiene products and auto parts bought within the village.
Village President Claudia Hicks has said she’s not sure exactly how much money the increase will bring in.
The tax increase passed in spring of 2016 in Waterman, and already has brought in $84,000, with the last of the 12 annual payments still coming. Waterman’s population is a shade less than 1,500, compared with Shabbona’s population of just less than 1,000.