Homewood Considers New Restaurant Tax: On the Agenda

A preview of what’s going to be discussed and voted on during the Jan. 28 Homewood Village Board meeting.

Homewood trustees and Village President Richard Hofeld will meet with village staff on Tuesday, Jan. 28 for the regularly scheduled village business meeting.

Among the agenda items is a vote to create a new “Places for Eating Tax.” Should it pass, the tax will be “imposed wherever food is sold at retail for immediate consumption on the premises where seating is provided,” according to the agenda. 

Additional details of the proposed tax, such as the rate and planned implementation, were not provided in the public meeting agenda. Patch plans to follow up with more information following Tuesday's meeting.

The full agenda can be downloaded at the link above.

Do you support a “Places for Eating Tax?”

Homewood Jim January 28, 2014 at 08:21 AM
Implement a restaurant tax to put more of them out of business?
alan sporn January 28, 2014 at 08:51 AM
Pass a tax so a bigger swimming pool can be made at H-F. Brilliant thinking. We should have a tax holiday to draw restaurants and retail stores into H-F area.
Roger Gansauer January 28, 2014 at 10:06 AM
How about enforcing the existing automobile sticker laws to collect more revenue. Just check the number of cars that don't have village stickers when kids are dropped off at Willow School while the Homewood Police officer sits in his car.
Bob Levy January 28, 2014 at 10:40 AM
In today's environment, particularily Illinois, we have become very acoustomed to tax increases. Just read about Wisconsin and tax reduction due to surplus created by CHANGE! If I was in a position to move from Il I would. I already expect our real estate taxes to rise, keep paying taxes for very high salary and benefits for tax supported employees. I as a retired private enterprise will never see these types of benefits. There is a class of "public" employees that deserve every penny (and more) for the service they provide. However, Government does not create revenue generating jobs and that is the real critical issue. Raise taxes? I for one am 100% agaiinst!
Roger Gansauer January 28, 2014 at 11:25 AM
Bob, don't think Wisconsin or any of the other surrounding states don't tax you as much as Illinois. In Illinois you pay no income tax on any retirement income not so for Indiana, Michigan or Wisconsin. Also, Wisconsin is one of the top ten highest property tax states. Don't believe everything Scott Walker tells you. And, in Indiana you get what you pay for - no snowplows on the interstates! When was the last time they shut down an interstate highway in Illinois? But, I agree, why would we want to increase the tax on restaurants. It's not like this is north Halsted or River North. How about ending the TIFs for the Village President's friends and acquaintances. Maybe the new Walmart (yuk) in the old Kmart (yuk) will solve all of our problems.
Southside2 January 28, 2014 at 11:41 AM
Not a good idea!
Dale Grupe January 28, 2014 at 04:25 PM
Please don't do this... When listing pros and cons, the only "pro" is increased revenue. The "cons" on this are innumerable, too many to list!
Doug January 28, 2014 at 05:16 PM
This is such a bad idea it makes you wonder how the conversation even gets so far as to have it land on the agenda?
John56 January 28, 2014 at 05:23 PM
Really! How about a hair cut tax??
Debbie Hart January 28, 2014 at 06:11 PM
Wow, this is stupid! First they attempt to grab all the guns illegally, then they attempt to run all the restaurants out of town. Last time I looked about half the storefronts in Homewood were empty. It's bad enough that our state income tax was raised 67% a couple years back, then our property taxes were raised to fund the schools (supposedly because the state wasn't giving the schools what we already gave to the state) ~ both of which made a dent in Homewood families' discretionary income ~ you know, that income that you use to dine out? Anybody on our village board ever take an economics course?
Bob Levy January 28, 2014 at 06:15 PM
Not only a hair cut tax, but a new job: hair strand cutter counter. The tax will be by the hairs cut and maybe even by the length.
Jason Brennan January 28, 2014 at 08:11 PM
I think it's a bad idea unless absolutely necessary.
BlackHawks Fan January 28, 2014 at 09:24 PM
More taxes for restaurants? That is just another horrible idea from our village president. Hofeld has been in office too long and needs to go. We need to cut expenses and quit over taxing the businesses and residents. Everybody needs to look at their Property Tax Bill and then question Hofeld and the board as to why Homewood can only pay less than 54% of what they owe.
Hernendo RevolveR January 28, 2014 at 11:42 PM
If this tax passes it should be named the "What Should Go Here" Tax.
Ben Rodenburg January 29, 2014 at 11:33 AM
I am waiting for them to install my new carbon dioxide monitoring system. That way they can tax me for every breath until the day I die.
Innocent Bystander January 29, 2014 at 01:57 PM
If things are that bad and revenue is down how about quit wasting money $108,000 on painting Murals on buildings?
BlackHawks Fan February 13, 2014 at 10:23 PM
Until the citizens of Homewood actually go out and vote for a change we will have the same elected officials and the same outcome. A very small percentage of people actually vote in elections so the village and school board machines keep putting in who they want. They will continue to make bad decisions and keep wasting our money on what they want. Please wake up people.


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