Machesney Park Utility Tax Here to Stay

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MACHESNEY PARK (WIFR) -- A five percent utility tax passed last year in Machesney Park will not be on this fall's ballot for voters.

Mayor Jerry Bolin tried proposing an advisory referendum at tonight's village board meeting with no luck as the issue never even came to a vote.

The advisory referendum would have asked village trustees to consider repealing the tax.

Since being implemented, the tax has raised nearly $1 million in tax revenue for the village, according to Bolin. The first term mayor says that money has been used for improvements to the villages infrastructure- road work- and public safety needs. Bolin says Machesney Park was able to hire one additional police officer and two new squad cars.

Bolin says he's always supported the tax, even though he voted against it when initially proposed last year. Bolin says the reason he voted the tax down was because he felt the public wasn't given enough time to be educated about the tax and what revenue would be used for, but he and village trustees have spent the last eight months communicating with home owners explaining the details of the tax.

Bolin says now there isn't as much opposition to the tax.

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