Township proposes local tax increase

By Eric Heisig

A tax increase could be in the works for the City of Champaign Township.

The township trustees unanimously voted Tuesday to place an ordinance on the next township meeting to put a referendum on the Nov. 4 election ballot.

Trustees Karen Foster and Vic McIntosh were absent.

The meeting, which took place prior to the Champaign City Council meeting, said the township will be asking for an additional two cents for every $100. The current rate is .038 centsfor every $100.

Richard Schnuer, finance director, said the extra two cents could net the township about $100,000, which could be used for the General Assistance fund, used to provide help for those in financial need.

“It can be taken as support for those that are struggling,” said Linda Abernathy, township supervisor.

The proposed referendum comes at a time when the township is lacking in funds and needs them to continue programs such as General Assistance.

“We have an obligation to keep struggling through to find a solution,” Abernathy said. Due to its inadequate revenue, the township is in need of these funds, she said. “The only solution is the referendum.”

Trustee Gina Jackson said she supported the plan.

“It is important to create a shortfall to help the disadvantaged,” Jackson said.

Champaign City Council holds its meetings on Tuesday nights at 7 p.m.

The City of Champaign Township meets once a month prior to city council meetings. Its next meeting will be Tuesday, April 1.