Proposed property tax increase in Carbondale would affect local businesses

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Reporter - Kathryn DiGisi

CARBONDALE, Ill. - If you live in Carbondale, Illinois, you already have some of the highest property taxes in Southern Illinois, and after Tuesday's council meeting,
they may be higher still.

The city council meeting is expected to pass a tax increase nearing two million dollars.

That means for a homeowner with a house valuing $100,000, there will be an $8.00 property tax increase.

The possible tax hike would affect your favorite local businesses, as well.

Kelly Thornburg saw an opening in the Carbondale marketplace.

Two and a half years ago, she filled it with the Tickled Pink Boutique.

She says business has been good, but the proposed property tax increase, even though small, would take its toll.

In her store, it is advertising that would suffer.

"In a small business, it's important that we advertise because there's a lot of people that don't know us," said Thornburg.

If the hike goes through, she will have to cut back. 

It is not just the Tickled Pink Boutique that will be affected by the property tax hike.

All store owners in the Murdale Shopping center pay for the big building collectively based on the square footage of each storefront.

Thornburg says, more than the dollars and cents it will cost her small business, it is the message the tax increase sends that bothers her most. 

"We really need, you know, encouragement for businesses to come to Carbondale," said Thornburg.

She says the hike will discourage new, local growth in Carbondale.

The tax levy will go towards funding library maintenance and repairs and firefighter and police pensions.

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