(KMOV) -- In an effort to raise revenue, the city of East St. Louis, Illinois will impose a 1% tax on gross income for all businesses that sell liquor and prepared foods. This new tax goes into effect January 1, 2010, but won't be enforced until April 2010, to give the city and businesses time to get ready.
Business owners are worried that the tax may go higher than 1% if the city needs more money in the future. Mayor Alvin Parks agreed that a tax hike was a possibility, and encouraged the businesses to pass the increase on to their customers.
City officials distributed new rules on security issues to all bars and nightclubs. Those businesses will all be required to submit a written security plan, a list of all security personnel and their certifications, proof of insurance, and a written evacuation plan, in order to renew their liquor licenses for 2010.