Utility Tax to Remain in Effect in Machesney Park

MACHESNEY PARK - After leaving the option open to residents in the village, Mayor Jerry Bolin annouces the tax will stay.
MACHESNEY PARK - Residents weigh in on a tax imposed by the village last year.

Mayor Jerry Bolin says they decided to keep the 5% utility tax. He raised the possibility of discontinuing it at Tuesday night's board meeting.

After getting feedback over the past month, the mayor along with village trustees decided to keep it. He says one of the points he ran on was giving the public a say, something he delivered on Tuesday night.

"[The trustees] felt at that time that the utility tax was good, because of the feedback that they had gotten was positive," said Mayor Bolin.

The utility tax is a fee on gas and electric use for residents. It's meant to help raise funds towards road improvements and public safety.
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