The business community in Carbondale is urging local businesses to go the extra mile and make the city a destination for shoppers, in an effort to combat potentially negative impacts of a sales tax hike approved by voters on Tuesday.
When the new Jackson County sales tax and a separate new Carbondale city tax go into effect, a plate of food bought in Carbondale isn’t only taxed at one of the highest rates in southern Illinois, but one of the highest in the country.
Combined with the current sales tax of 8.75 percent, people eating in Carbondale would be billed at an effective tax rate of 11.75 percent.
“We support our schools.” O’Dell said. “We just didn’t think this tax was the best way to fund the schools.”
The next largest town in Jackson County when compared to Carbondale is less than one third as populous. Thus, it will generate far more school funding than its schools will receive from the new tax.
In fact, Carbondale’s School District was not one of the school districts in support of the measure, according to O’Dell.”
“Money comes into Carbondale and leaves… how is that fair?” Said Carbondale resident Blake Morrison. “People will still shop here but not as much… The tax will end up nullifying itself because it will chase enough people away that it won’t make a difference.”