Sales Tax Increase Could Pay for Drug Court Substance Abuse Tax Force Hints It Would like a Quarter-Cent Sales Tax

By St. Clair, Stacy | Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), March 26, 2003 | Go to article overview

Sales Tax Increase Could Pay for Drug Court Substance Abuse Tax Force Hints It Would like a Quarter-Cent Sales Tax


St. Clair, Stacy, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


Byline: Stacy St. Clair Daily Herald Staff Writer

For a sales tax that doesn't exist, DuPage County officials sure have suggestions on how to spend it.

The county's Substance Abuse Task Force Tuesday hinted it would like to impose a quarter-cent sales tax to pay for the DuPage drug court.

The proposal comes a few weeks after several officials suggested levying a sales tax to pay for the county's bioterrorism preparations.

If a quarter-cent sales tax were imposed, the county could reap more $30 million annually.

"If you look at potential revenue sources, sales tax, at this time, is the most realistic and proven resource," county board Chairman Robert Schillerstrom said.

Several DuPage municipalities have used their home-rule authority - a status that gives local governments more taxing powers - to impose a higher sales tax.

DuPage is mulling whether to exercise home-rule authority. Schillerstrom, however, said he's not sure whether the county could use the power to levy a higher sales tax.

Under state law, the county can seek voter permission to raise the sales tax to pay for public safety projects. Such a proposal, however, could not go on the ballot before March 2004, making additional funding for the drug court unlikely during the next budget cycle.

"The cost concerns me because money is going to be tight in the next budget," Schillerstrom said. …

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