- Woman, two teens arrested following narcotics investigation
- Former county officials charged with theft
- New Zion Baptist participates in National Back to Church Sunday Sept. 21
- Donors celebrate new school health center
- Debris cleanup underway near Fordham Dam
- Some good, some bad in Obama executive order on protecting antibiotics
- Two arrested on cannabis charges after search of detached garage on North Henrietta
- Man guilty of drug charges faces 60 years in prison
- Rockford BBB aware of ‘Microsoft’ phone scam
- Judge: Chad Grimm will remain on Illinois governor ballot
1 percent sales tax kickback unfair
Our city council recently voted to give a new bar/restaurant a 1 percent sales tax kickback for five years. Does anyone else feel this is unfair to taxpayers as well as other bar/restaurant owners?
I am pro business and new business, but I am also pro fairness. The 1 percent sales tax hike referendum that was approved by voters states the funds would be used to fix our roads and infrastructure. “Paving the way to our future” was the slogan used. The referendum did not say the funds could be used for kickbacks/rebates to bars, restaurants or special interests. I do not believe the referendum would have passed if it did.
I wonder if other bar and restaurant owners feel this is unfair to them? I also wonder how the new bar owners feel about taking an unfair advantage over other local bars and restaurants (their peers), especially in the downtown area. I question the legality and fairness of this city council action.
I hope either the city council reverses this or the new bar owners would use good sportsmanship and fairness as their guide and refuse taking our sales tax dollars meant for repairing our roads, sidewalks and infrastructure.
Brian Jenkins Leggero
Candidate for 1st Ward Alderman, City of Rockford
From the May 16-22, 2012, issue