Last night the city council approved upping the taxes on both phones and hotel and motel stays. The telecommunications tax for cellphone and landlines will be bumped up 1 percentage point, to 6 percent, starting July 1. Hotel and motel tax will go up 1.1 percentage point to 5.5 percent, beginning April 1. Additionally, stays through online rental services like VRBO or Airbnb will now be taxed at that same rate. The boost will help the city avoid part of a $2.1 million property tax increase.
About 8,700 people were without power yesterday afternoon after both a substation and its backup failed. Road salt from Interstate 88 spraying up into the insulators at the substation near the Nokia corporate campus is believed to have caused the initial outage. While that was being fixed, the auxiliary system also went down. The result was a loss of power ranging from 19 to 90 minutes just after 12:30 p.m. Naperville North was among those affected – school was released early and most after school activities were cancelled as a result.
Free Tax Help for Seniors:
Starting today seniors can get free income tax filing assistance from volunteers with the Naperville Park District. Sessions will be held at the Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1:45 p.m., by appointment only. The assistance will be offered through April 11th – you can call (630) 848-3613 to set up a time.
Neuqua Takes On Mighty Macs:
Neuqua Valley girls basketball celebrated senior night last night with nine players participating in their final home game against one of the state’s best teams, Mother McAuley. The Mighty Macs used their pressure defense to force turnovers and lethal outside shooting to build a big halftime lead. The Wildcats got the offense going in the 2nd half led by seniors, Jasmine Walker, Megan Callahan and Jada Harvey. But it would not be enough as Mother McAuley took the 76-35 win. Neuqua will be the 18 seed and will face Joliet Central in the regional quarterfinals on Monday.