Mokena Illinois Sales Tax Means Road Work
- Jul 10, 2012 | Susan McLain
2012 expected revenues may reach “…a record-high $4.5 million, village officials said.” In an effort to help that, the local Chamber of Commerce has “…strongly promoted a message to ‘shop the chamber first.’” Says Lee Kaz, a 16-year resident and member of the Mokena Chamber of Commerce.
As a result of more individuals shopping local, the positive sales tax revenues mean “…items such as holiday street decorations and a village contribution for the Fourth of July fireworks display are returned to the budget, and timely street and road repairs can be done.” The current goal is for four miles of road repairs to be completed, but Pearson indicated that they could exceed that goal by 20 percent.
Kaz said the Chamber encourages local shopping because “…local businesses often support community baseball teams, service organizations and local events.”
Residents approved a half-cent sales tax increase in 2002, but according to the village administrator, John Downs, the positive outlook is a combination of “non-traditional” business strength as well as residents “keeping tax dollars local” by shopping in Mokena.