By Charles Feldman, Reporter
If cannabis-related businesses arrive in the village of Maryville, a tax will be waiting for them in the code of ordinances.
The board of trustees added a 3 percent cannabis retailers’ occupation tax at its Wednesday, September 18 board meeting.
According to the new ordinance, the tax is imposed on all persons and businesses selling cannabis retail (other than that purchased under the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act) at the rate of 3 percent of the gross receipts from those sales. The money will go to the Illinois Department of Revenue.
The tax will go into effect on January 1, 2020. The village moved quickly on this issue, said Mayor Craig Short, due to a deadline.
“The way the normal taxing laws are constructed, any changes to your tax code to take effect January first have to be certified by the department of revenue by October first,” he said.
“So if you wait until after October first,” he continued, “then it wouldn’t go into effect until July first as long as you have it certified by April first, I think. We’re going to go ahead and take care of it now like the Municipal League is instructing municipalities to do, even though we will not be having a dispensary on January first.”
The mayor said that the board will start discussing zoning regulations for these types of businesses during October caucus meetings.
“Rough ideas of what we want to do,” Short said, “what we are allowed to do with the statutes and we’ll look forward and see what areas of the village would be able to accommodate a dispensary if anyone were to approach the village and get a licensed dispensary.”
In other developments,the board heard a letter from the East-West Gateway Council of Governments stating that funding for Phase II of the Keebler Road Project has been approved in its final Fiscal Year 2020-23 Transportation Improvement Program.
This includes adding sidewalks and resurfacing on Old Keebler Road to Lorry Lane. The federal funds will come from the Surface Transportation Program.
The board voted to replace a 2002 Ford service truck in the water department. The new vehicle will be created by joining two separate parts together.
The four-wheel drive chassis needed when towing equipment in inclement weather will be purchased from Weber Ford and the service body from Knapheide at a total cost of $63,216. This will not be financed but will be paid for out of funds.
The old vehicle has a history of mechanical problems and is one of the proposed budget items to be replaced during the 2019-20 fiscal year.
In other developments Steve Tomaszewski was appointed to the Zoning Board of Appeals with a term to expire on April 30, 2021.
Republic Services reported that during the month of August, curbside pickup of trash was 208.46 tons; of recyclables, 47.53 tons; and of yard waste, 15.75 tons.
The next village caucus meeting, where trustees discuss the issues at length but do not take action on them, will be held on Wednesday, September 25 at 6:30 p.m. at Village Hall. The next board meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 2 at 6:30 p.m. at the same location. The public is welcome to attend.