June 1, 2016
Gary Giluba, Naperville Sun
The sales tax on general merchandise purchased in DuPage County drops by a quarter cent as of June 1.
Consumers will pay 7 cents in tax on every dollar spent effective Wednesday, down from 7.25 cents, in a reduction that’s estimated by county officials to put $36 million back into taxpayer pockets.
The quarter-cent sales tax, in place since voters approved it in 1985, was implemented to help the DuPage Water Commission become a self-sustaining utility.
“I don’t know the last time we’ve seen any governmental unit actually abolish a tax like we have done,” DuPage County Chairman Dan Cronin said at last week’s county board meeting.