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Montgomery looks at sales tax hike

Updated: March 6, 2014 6:46AM

Sales taxes in the village of Montgomery may be going up.

The Village Board is scheduled to discuss the issue of a sales tax hike at their regularly scheduled meeting Monday night.

Currently, Montgomery has the lowest sales tax of any Fox Valley community at 7 percent in the Kane County portion of the village and 7.25 percent for those village residents and business that are located in the Kendall County area.

“There are a few skeptics,” said Trustee Stan Bond about the study looking at the sales tax increase.

He said some residents believe the Wal-Mart store on Orchard Road is bringing shoppers who don’t live in the village into town. The lower sales tax allows those shoppers to save more money.

“The money has to be allocated to capital improvements,” he said. “A lot of people thought the lottery would help schools. Then things turned around and the schools got less funding because they were getting money from a different source.”

Oswego has a 7.75 percent sales tax with Naperville taxing sales at 7.25 percent.

The portion of Kendall County located in Aurora has 8.5 percent sales tax with the DuPage, Will and Kane County portions taxing at 8.25 percent.

The village of Sugar Grove has a flat 8 percent sales tax rate.

Justin VanVooren, the finance director in Montgomery, said the board has asked for a chance to discuss the issue, which is why it is on the agenda for Monday night.

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