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Plainfield Board Votes to Continue Gas, Sales Taxes

With the exception of Paul Fay, trustees voted to repeal "sunset" ordinances and keep 2012 tax increases in place.

Plainfield village trustees on Monday voted 5-1 to approve a balanced $45.6 million budget that keeps a pair of tax hikes intact.

In 2011, the board approved a 2-cent gas tax increase, bringing the village's motor fuel tax to 4 cents per gallon. At the same time, trustees OK'd a half-cent sales tax increase, for a total home-rule sales tax of 1.5 percent.

The increases were designed to close a more than $1 million gap in the 2012-13 budget.

The increases included a "sunset" provision that would cause them to expire in 2015 unless the board took action. On Monday, they did just that, voting to keep the gas and sales taxes as-is.

Trustee Paul Fay was the lone holdout, voting against repealing the sunset provisions, as well as rejecting the budget itself.

Fellow trustee Margie Bonuchi said it was a tough decision, but through the hard work of village staff, Plainfield is headed in the right direction financially.

"They really helped put things back on track," she said. "The tough call is when we need to say, we need to do this just a little bit longer. We have some more work to do."

Garrett Peck also voted in favor of repealing the sunset ordinance, but clarified that the decision does not represent another tax increase.

"We're simply just not lowering taxes tonight," he said.

Trustee Jim Racich said his yes vote was a result of the need to be "responsive and responsible."

Like Plainfield, other nearby towns impose a home-rule sales tax, including Joliet (1.75 percent) Bolingbrook (1.5 percent), Aurora (1.25 percent), Channahon (1 percent) and Oswego (.5 percent).

Without Monday night's vote, Pleckham said the motor fuel tax would have expired on Feb. 1, 2015, while the home-rule sales tax would have expired on July 1, 2014.

Click to view Plainfield's approved 2014-15 budget.


Ericus Alanas April 11, 2014 at 05:59 PM
lol that is interesting... Chief Eichelberger requested a closed session for the discussion of collective bargaining issues. Chief stated the strategic plan of the Plainfield Fire Protection District is a work in progress.
Ron Jidzny April 11, 2014 at 09:03 PM
Don't we all just enjoy driving by the gas pumps and seeing the cost of gasoline is now nearly $4.10 per gallon and we're a month and a half away from Memorial Day. Plus, five of the Village Board members voted to keep a two cent tax increase on gas. What I enjoyed even more was providing my business to another town other than Plainfield. It's sad that gas and sales taxes are the ways being used to find more revenue for Plainfield. Discretionary spending should be reviewed first before the necessities.
my conscience April 14, 2014 at 02:09 PM
Check on line before filling up. Today you can get gas cheaper in every direction from Plainfield: Oswego, Joliet, Bolingbrook or Naperville all have cheaper gas, saving up to 18c per gallon. I have been checking on line gas prices for years. Its easy to do, just check the towns along your route. Plan ahead and save.
Ron Jidzny April 23, 2014 at 12:25 AM
More than two weeks in the books since this decision has been made and I haven't spent one nickel in Plainfield.
Ron Jidzny May 03, 2014 at 07:46 PM
Here's five trustees that voted to make a sales and gas tax increase permanent. Now just four weeks later, Brian Murphy is seeking board approval to 'waive' the bidding process and grant a contract of nearly $150,000 for renovations at village hall. This is almost as insulting as someone spitting in my face. There is no need for this. Please tell me how many residents are asking for office remodeling at Village Hall? How will this make Village Hall operate more efficiently? When are the business owners going to start rallying some of their patrons to vote these clowns out of office? Why is Brian Murphy seeking to 'waive' the bidding process? What horrible conditions are they working in at Village Hall? Why is this project needed? Brian Murphy's inappropriate comments/jokes at Village Board meetings, shutting village residents down at public meetings, and now this renovation project show just how pathetic his leadership is.

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