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Jerome Residents Vote on Sales Tax Referendum
For more than 20 years now, Mike Lopez has called Jerome home.
In that time, Lopez, a Jerome village board member, says he has never seen a sales tax increase.
"But we decided as a board since November we wanted to move forward with the sales tax question," Lopez said.
The referendum, on Tuesday's ballot, would increase sales tax in the village from 6.25 percent to 7.25 percent.
"It will generate $80,000 a year for the village," Lopez said.
Village leaders said they'll use the money to fix the city's infrastructure.
"I just think it's really ridiculous," Jerome resident Cara Tripp said.
"Just for living in this little village in Springfield, I feel like we're getting taxed on that and many other things," Tripp said. "Our water bill they've been taxing us an additional tax on top of what CWLP taxes the rest of Springfield."
She moved from California three years ago. Coming from a state with high taxes, she can't see how an increase would benefit Jerome.
"We're not going after people's dollars out of their pockets for property tax," Lopez said. "This is strictly sales tax generated from our Wabash corridor."
That means anyone shopping at stores in the village will have to pay. If the measure is approved, it'll be 1 percent extra.
Cara Tripp and others like her feel this could be the first of many tax increases to come.
"The cost of living in Jerome is getting higher," Tripp said. "With what benefits we're seeing, I'm not really sure."