(KMOV) – A Metro East town is eyeing a hike in sales tax but not asking for the voter’s approval to do so.
Edwardsville Mayor Hal Patton said his city needs more cops and firefighters after recent growth has put a stain on the city’s emergency services.
The best way to pay for it, he said, is by raising the sales tax a quarter of a percent, driving the sales tax to over seven percent.
In Illinois, many already feel taxed to death and the idea of paying even a little more for public safety wasn’t exactly a slam dunk.
"I think taxes are high enough everywhere and it's hard to just go shopping anyplace."
"Don’t you feel this is like kicking sand at the taxpayer doing something like this? We’re keeping their considerations in mind; property tax is the number one complaint from residents, so there's two ways to do this,” said Patton to News 4’s Matt Sczesny.
That other way the mayor said would be to raise property taxes on average by $150, so the sales tax hike seems to be favored.
The vote is on Thursday. Stay with News 4 for updates on this vote