Shall the corporate authorities of the City of Geneva, Kane County, Illinois be authorized to levy a Non-Home Rule Municipal Retailers' Occupation Tax and Non-Home Rule Municipal Service Occupation Tax (commonly referred to as a "municipal sales tax") at the rate of one percent (1.0%) for the purpose of funding expenditures on municipal operations, expenditures on public infrastructure or for property tax relief?
The referendum question being posed to voters on the ballot during the General Primary Election Tuesday, March 20 can be a bit confusing. Simply put, Geneva voters will be asked to increase the sales tax rate by 0.5 percent.
Currently, when you spend $50 at a Geneva business, $0.25 of non-home rule sales tax is added to your bill. If the referendum is approved, that same $50 bill will have $0.50 in non-home rule sales tax.
Background & Education
Some people may ask why does the City need additional revenue? The cost of providing City services - such as its core services of police, fire, public works - continue to rise even though once dependable revenue streams have either fallen flat or have declined. New initiatives and investment in Geneva's roads, sidewalks, vehicles and underground infrastructure has been deferred.
Even with a conservative approach to spending, new funding is needed to sustain and resume critical projects that keep Geneva as a premier community. Sales tax is the City's largest revenue source with a majority of this money generated by thousands of people who love visiting Geneva.