I am an Ultra-Conservative, Alpha-Male, True Authentic Leader, Type "C" Personality, who is very active in my community; whether it is donating time, clothes or money for Project Concern or going to Common Council meetings and voicing my opinions. As a blogger, I intend to provide a different viewpoint "The way I see it!" on various world, national and local issues with a few helpful tips & tidbits sprinkled in.
CHICAGO SALES TAX - Highest in U.S. 10.25 Percent and it's 11.25
percent at restaurants inside a special taxing district in the heart of the city. The increase comes thanks to a vote by the Cook County Board that bumped the county's portion of the tax up by 1 percentage point starting July 1. The new rate puts Chicago ahead of other cities. The sales tax in Memphis, Tennessee, is 9.25 percent. New Orleans charges 9 percent, while shoppers in New York City pay 8.375 percent. In Normal, shoppers pay 7.50 percent sales tax on general merchandise, and as of today Bloomington's sales tax increased to 7.75 percent.
Some people have Chicago envy and think Chicago will over take Milwaukee with Milwaukee becoming a suburb of Chicago. Some think Chicago is far better than Milwaukee. Chicago may have good things to learn from, but the taxes are not one of them.
Milwaukee a Chicago suburb?
That will never happen! State line boarder! We are in different states, unless something has changed.
While the world is getting smaller, Milwaukee is not a suburb of Chicago and those that feel that way are hurting Milwaukee’s image. Milwaukee is its own city and identity.
The democratic domination in Chicago and Cook County is turning Chicago and Cook County into a third-world zone. Sales tax increases hurts everyone, not just the rich.
Don't forget, Chicago taxes food and medicine at a 2% rate too!
Here is a March headline from the Milwaukee Journal on the Chicago tax increase.
Higher Chicago tax may offer opportunity –
Coalition of counties to urge Illinois residents to avoid 10.25% rate by shopping up north
Here is a group touting Wisconsin’s lower sales tax. Check them out. Just because Chicago increased their sales tax doesn’t mean Milwaukee has to follow. Remember more taxes are bad. Lower taxes are good.