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Tax confusion widespread in Peoria

The local media started looking into (and publicizing) the story I posted a couple days ago about Peoria businesses charging too much tax. The Journal Star has two articles here and here, and WMBD Channel 31 did a piece on the 6:00 news tonight (the web version is here).

I just want to reiterate […]

Quote of the Day

“In the short term, you’re kidding yourself if you think this [$6 garbage fee] is a better option than a real estate tax,” [At-large Councilman Jim] Ardis said. “It’s regressive. It really isn’t a fair way to do it.”

–Quoted in the Peoria Journal Star, November 26, […]

Would “pay as you throw” make Peoria dirtier?

We have grave reservations about charging Peorians a fee for garbage pick-up, and we think City Council members should, too.

Non-payment will be a problem. Littering will increase. So will illegal dumping: on county roads, in commercial Dumpsters, even on city streets and parking lots. Garbage very possibly will accumulate, indoors, out of sight […]

New HIZ tax being collected all over Peoria

Are Peoria businesses charging you too much sales tax? If they are, good luck getting them to fix it; you won’t find any help from the city or state. Check your receipt. For general merchandise, you should only be charged 8% in most of the City of Peoria.

My dad knows that, which is […]

Liveblogging the Peoria City Council Meeting, 7/28/2009

Hi everyone. I’m here at Peoria City Hall, Council Chambers, typing on my new laptop on the city’s wifi connection. I’ll be updating this post throughout the evening, so check back.

The agenda is here.

Fair warning: This is a really, really long post because it’s a really, really, really long meeting.

Continue reading Liveblogging the Peoria City Council Meeting, 7/28/2009

Recycling should be incentivized

Right now in Peoria, there is an incentive to throw everything into the landfill and recycle nothing. You all know why. We pay for garbage collection through our property taxes. Then we pay again through the $6 monthly “garbage fee” (actually a regressive tax) on our water bills. Then, if you want to recycle, […]

Will these projects ever become reality?

I had a strange sense of deja vu last night.

I attended an open house meeting Wednesday at the Gateway Building to look at plans for Washington and Adams Streets (Route 24) from I-474 to Hamilton Blvd. There were lots of artist’s renderings of how it could look in the future, with wider sidewalks, […]

More bald-faced lies about the Kellar Branch (Updated)

At the last City Council meeting (not including executive sessions), the council deferred an agreement that will bring them closer to converting strategic infrastructure into a hiking/biking trail. Last week, the agreement was posted on the city’s website so we could all read it. But they haven’t posted the revisions. I guess they don’t […]

Eliminate alley garbage pickup? What about blind alleys?

On the City Council agenda for Tuesday, July 28, is a request from Public Works to send out bids for a new garbage collection contract. They want to get separate pricing on five different scenarios. These are all well and good, except for alternative #5:

The Proposer will be requested to provide the price […]

Heartland Partnership rolls out new survey

The Heartland Partnership is conducting a survey of what people think of the tri-county area. However, they only want to know what things you like about the region, not what you don’t like. So the purpose of the survey appears to be an effort to get some good marketing quotes and some statistics on […]