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Mokena Illinois Sales Tax Means Road Work


Mokena, Will County, Illinois Village Engineer Paul Pearson said, “Shop Mokena and we’ll repair your roads.

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.

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Susan McLain
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Susan McLain began her career as a technical writer in technology industries such as satellite networking and medical devices. Her skills encompass technical and marketing writing, usability engineering, verification and validation testing and protocol writing, requirements development, business analysis, technical illustration/graphic design and marketing. She has owned her own business providing service to small to medium sized business and in other positions, she has been in project management, documentation and marketing. She is currently the content specialist for Avalara helping to “make sales tax less taxing.”