Tri States Public Radio Staff
Mon December 19, 2005
Macomb Levies For More Property Tax Money
Macomb, IL – Macomb aldermen have agreed to start levying a tax to pay the city's share of building the public safety center. But support for the plan was not unanimous. The vote was 5-2 to levy for half of the tax. Dennis Moon and Tim Lobdell opposed the proposal. Lobdell says it's a violation of public trust to collect a tax that previous city council members had promised to abate. Supporters say the city is struggling financially and needs to consider all revenue sources. Both sides agree this does not solve the city's revenue problems. The levy will generate nearly $70,000. The money can only be used to help pay off the public safety facility bonds.