The city’s home rule authority, invoked for the first time last week when City Council approved a 2-cent-a-gallon tax on gasoline, may be put to use again by alderman considering a sales-tax increase.
City Council members at Monday’s Committee of the Whole meeting will discuss a possible 0.5-point increase to the current 7.75 percent tax. For consumers, the increase would mean paying an extra 5 cents on every $10 spent. If approved, the new 8.25 percent rate could take effect as early as January. The new rate would equal the rate paid by consumers in Rockford.