Proposed alcohol tax voted down by Champaign City Council

_Editor’s note: This article has been corrected to reflect the fact that the Champaign City Council voted against the liquor tax, not to postpone discussion, as was originally reported._

Champaign City Council unanimously voted against the proposed 4 percent liquor tax, which would have raised an estimated $700,000 annually.

The tax would have served as part of several measures to reinstate services previously cut due to budgetary concerns. In the past three years, more than $13 million has been cut from Champaign’s budget.

The council was also unanimously in favor of taking further action toward an honorary street designation, which will be discussed again July 5.

The proposed street designation would honor the late Clint Atkins, a University alumnus who helped develop North Prospect Avenue during the 1990s. As such, the suggested street to be renamed is Baytowne Avenue, from Prospect Avenue to Boardwalk Drive.