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.