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Channahon Village Board approves taxing marijuana sales

The welcome sign in Channahon, Ill., as seen in September 2019.
The welcome sign in Channahon, Ill., as seen in September 2019.

Members of the Channahon Village Board in December unanimously approved a 3% cannabis retailers’ occupation tax on any future sales in village limits, though a vote on whether to allow sales is still forthcoming.

Adult use recreational cannabis becomes legal in Illinois on Jan. 1.

Channahon Village Administrator Thomas Durkin said the vote does not establish a rule on sales, but if they are eventually allowed, the tax will go into effect on gross receipts.

Comprehensive Plan adopted

Approval was unanimous for adopting the village’s new Comprehensive Plan. The “fluid” document is a blueprint for growth that includes ideas where residential neighborhoods, industry, parks and green space, tourist attractions, roadways, bike trails and businesses should be.

Some residents have stood against the plan, with objections such as that not enough was being done to reduce truck traffic or that their unincorporated property would be forcefully annexed.

“We have no plans on forcing annexation of anyone,” Mayor Missey Moorman Schumacher said.

Those gathered at the meeting were told the plan was not a zoning or regulatory document, nor was it a commitment to develop land. It provides a guide as to how village property may develop.

2019 property tax levy approved

The board also approved a 2019 property tax levy of $389.62 million, which is higher than the 2018 levy and could yield a lower tax rate than the year before.

Channahon’s Finance Director Heather Wagonblott said the calculations are based on Will County’s EAV, which she received in August, and an estimated Grundy County EAV, which she has not yet received the numbers for.

“We have done our best to estimate that EAV,” she said.

The village’s portion of property tax rates have steadily decreased since 2015, Wagonblott said, going from 0.7582 to a proposed 0.7011 in 2019.

Taxes residents pay to the village are about 8.56% of homeowners’ property tax bills.

That compares to 31% going to Channahon School District 17 and 29% to Minooka High School District 11, Wagonblott said. Channahon Township brings in the lowest amount, at 0.37%, followed by Channahon Township Highway, at 1.16%, and Three Rivers Public Library District, at 1.30%.

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