Officials Put off Vote on Telecommunications Tax
McLaughlin, Amy, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Amy McLaughlin Daily Herald Staff Writer
Des Plaines business leaders won a temporary reprieve from a controversial telecommunications tax Monday when city leaders decided to delay making a decision until December.
The decision to put it off until then came after several aldermen, who were previously in favor of it, said the economic climate has them worried that it would be too big of a hit to local businesses.
The decision also came after warnings from city staff that money coming into city coffers fell short of what was needed to cover expenses. Director of Finance Jim Egeberg said he expects a $1.3 million shortfall by the end of the year.
The tax on things such as phone, pager and cellular phone use was estimated to generate $2.8 million per year for the city.
Second Ward Alderman Thomas J. Christiansen said figures provided by the Des Plaines Chamber of Commerce & Industry about how the telecommunications tax would hit businesses were "eye- opening."
One example from the chamber was that a business such as Littelfuse Inc. …