Frankfort trustees ‘curious’ about process for adopting sales tax
BY SUSAN DEMAR LAFFERTY email@example.com February 19, 2013 1:06PM
Updated: March 22, 2013 9:58AM
Frankfort village trustees are “curious” about the process of holding a referendum asking residents whether to adopt a village sales tax, a village official said.
Trustees were to hear a presentation on the subject Tuesday night but a committee meeting was canceled due to illness and travel plans. The meeting will be rescheduled.
Trustees “are more curious than anything” about the referendum process, village manager Jerry Ducay said. Frankfort does not impose a sales tax; the 7 percent rate collected on general merchandise sales in the village goes to the state, county and RTA.
“Other towns have been doing it. They want to understand more about it,” Ducay said.
In a non-home-rule community such as Frankfort, voters would have to approve a referendum before village officials could enact a sales tax.
The low overall sales tax rate in Frankfort has been a selling point for drawing shoppers into town.
In recent years, New Lenox, Homer Glen and Manhattan used home-rule powers to raise their sales taxes by 1 percent to fund infrastructure projects. Mokena voters approved a referendum for a one-half of 1 percent increase for transportation projects.
The maximum a town can increase its sales tax is 1 percent, Ducay said.
If Frankfort officials decide to pursue it, the earliest a referendum question could be on the ballot would be November 2014.