Acting Mayor Williams has proposed several tax and fee increases.
As always I take a skeptical view of all such increases.
The 400% increase in the fee for large pick ups would in my view not only hurt landlords but would aggravate our already serious illegal dumping issue.
The $50 tax on every business is a bad idea. The City of Bloomington just suspended a similar program.
The $200 fee on gambling machines is one worthy of consideration.
The increase in hotel/motel tax would make us higher than Champaign-Urbana and might hurt local motels from making profitable contracts with companies wanting large blocks of rooms.
Budget talks will continue through March with final approval in April.
Please let your opinions be heard. The Public Services Committee meets Tuesday February 26 at 6pm.