One way or another, the tax ‘man’ is going to get you. That should be the new slogan for the City of Naperville. When it comes to balancing the budget, Naperville city officials see two options, either increase the city sales tax or increase property tax. Cost cutting measures are a distant choice, in fact it’s so distant, that it’s seldom considered, and if it is considered, it’s quickly dismissed as too difficult. It’s much easier and quicker to ‘stick it’ to residents and taxpayers, than to creatively figure out how to reduce expense, plus reducing expense isn’t much fun.
At a recent Naperville city council meeting, council members bantered back and forth about doubling the city sales tax from .5% to 1%. The end result by a vote of 5 to 4 was to keep the city sales at .5%. Normally that might be considered good news, except for the fact, that that raising property tax is now the quick fix for city officials.
Increasing property tax is worse for the good folks of Naperville because there is no way of getting around that tax, whereas if the sales tax was increased, the good folks would at least have an option, to buy it or not buy it, and if they are going to buy it, they have a choice as to where to buy it.
Naperville city council members voting against increasing the city sales tax, and hence most likely increasing the property tax are:
- Kevin Coyne
- Patty Gustin
- Paul Hinterlong
- John Krummen
- Benny White
It’s possible those five might hold strong on reducing expense, but the smart money is saying they will fold like a bad tent, when push comes to shove in favor of increasing property tax.
Naperville city officials will always find a need (more like a want) to increase revenue, and as Naperville city manager Doug Krieger so often reminds us, the way to fill a financial hole is fill it with cash from rate and taxpayers.