Gerard hasn't seen much change in shopping habits due to past sales tax differences

Gerard hasn't seen much change in shopping habits due to past sales tax differences

The Mayor of Champaign said he hasn't noticed a change in shopping habits as a result of past small differences in the sales tax between Champaign and Urbana.

The comments from Don Gerard come as the Urbana City Council considers a quarter-cent sales tax increase.  That change would mean the two cities would have the same sales tax at 9% effective Jan. 1.

Gerard said he hasn't seen shoppers flocking to Urbana in past instances where the sales tax there was slightly smaller.



Gerard added that staying in Champaign and paying a sales tax there means that those tax dollars are going toward things like police, fire and the library.

Gerard made the comments Wednesday on the WDWS News Hour.

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ROB McCOLLEY wrote on September 05, 2013 at 2:09 am
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Where in Urbana would people shop? We have two shoe stores & some law offices.

Bulldogmojo wrote on September 05, 2013 at 11:09 am

Spending money at law offices IS shopping for Gerard

Love until it Hurts then Lo... wrote on September 05, 2013 at 9:09 am

Sales tax is not effective until January 1, 2014.  So there shouldn't be a difference in spending habits.  Oops!

Tim Ditman wrote on September 05, 2013 at 10:09 am
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Thanks for your comment.  We've added more context to the story.

wayward wrote on September 05, 2013 at 1:09 pm

Errr.... I don't think that a quarter percent difference in sales tax would make people shop in Urbana rather than Champaign.  But it could make them shop online, where there'd be up to a 9% difference in sales tax come January.  Even when you shop online at places that do collect sales tax, e.g. REI, they only collect the 6.75% state tax.