You'll Pay More to Eat in Homewood

A new "restaurant tax" in Homewood will place an additional 2 percent charge on places that sell food and provide the space to eat it.

Homewood residents can keep their dining dollars local—but it'll cost them a bit extra starting in May.

Village trustees recently approved a 2 percent tax that will apply to businesses that both sell food, and provide a place to consume it. The new "places for eating tax" will be “imposed wherever food is sold at retail for immediate consumption on the premises where seating is provided,” according to village documents.

Board members approved the tax in a 4-to-1 vote; Trustee Anne Colton cast the dissenting vote. Trustees Tom Kataras and Lisa Purcell were absent.

Sales tax revenue in Homewood has been decreasing steadily since 2008—and is expected to take an additional $300,000 hit with the closing of Kmart. Revenue is expected to improve with the opening of Walmart in 2015. 

The village is expected to see a deficit of $333,000 this year, and a heftier $719,000 shortfall in 2015, Sun-Times Media reports.  As a non-home rule village, Homewood's options for bringing in additional revenue are few. Two other Southland towns — Palos Hills and Chicago Ridge — currently utilize a similar tax.

The new tax is estimated to bring in an additional revenue of $760,000 annually.

Dan February 18, 2014 at 11:14 AM
debbie ,the tax is to pay for all the free sheet they have to give the section 8 people. now pay up sucker.....
Dan February 18, 2014 at 11:19 AM
angela thomas must be getting free cable of some kind of benefit from this tax. she wants you to pay it with a smile on your face. anyone who says it's for the town you live in is getting free stuff. kinda like when the crooks in crook county raise your property tax ,because of teachers want more money,it's for the kids is full of bs. it's for the teachers pensions. any fool can see that right angela thomas??????
Dan February 18, 2014 at 11:23 AM
Jay Heiferman February 18, 2014 at 12:41 PM
Reminder: Let's talk about taxes, incentives, Road salt, chickens, green spaces and more. TODAY, 2/18 5:30-6:30, I'll be at Starbucks on Harwood. LIVE! See you there. Jay Heiferman, Village of Homewood Trustee
Ernie Souchak February 18, 2014 at 01:26 PM
Who is Angela Thomas?


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