One of council’s first changes to take effect was the implementation of a home rule sales tax. After much deliberation at the dais as to how to pay down the city’s debt and increase its reserves, council voted to set a half-percent home rule sales tax on items purchased in town excluding cars, groceries and drugs.
“I think it’s going to work, we’re not going to get there as fast as I had hoped in terms of some of our goals, but we are going to get there and that’s the important part,” said Mayor of Naperville, Steve Chirico.
Also voted in by the council, a change to Naperville’s fair housing code. In October council voted to allow housing vouchers to be counted as a source of income, making it necessary for landlords to consider those applicants just as they would any other person. Council members hoped the change would allow more residents to come to our town.
Toward the end of the year, the Naperville city council took a stand when it comes to our town’s health. They voted to only allow stores to sell tobacco products to those aged 21 and older, instead of the previous age of 18.
“These things kill people. I have a pack of cigarettes right here and on the warning label it literally says ‘causes lung cancer,’ how much more do we need?” said Councilman John Krummen.
The new age restriction will go into effect January 1st of 2017.
And a familiar program was brought back to town. After the electronic recycling program was shut down in 2015 due to an overwhelming amount of materials, the city reintroduced it thanks to a partnership with DuPage County and E-Works Electronic Services. Now residents can drop off unwanted electronics at the Environmental Collection Campus for a fee.
Naperville News 17’s Alyssa Bochenek reports.
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