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Lyons board approves food and beverage tax, abolishes term limits

Published: Friday, April 18, 2014 1:33 p.m. CDT

LYONS – At their regular meeting on Wednesday, the Lyons Village Board accepted two ordinances approved by voters on a ballot referendum March 18 and approved a new 1 percent tax on food and beverage sales in the village. 

Lyons voters approved allowing the board to abolish term limits for village board members and for the village president on a referendum on the March 18 primary election with 62 percent of voters voting in favor of the measure. Also approved by voters was a referendum item that would reduce property taxes for homeowners over five years to the level when they purchased their home. Voters approved that measure by 88 percent of voters.

Both were accepted by the village board Wednesday. Trustee Patti Krueger was the only board member to vote against abolishing term limits. 

The board unanimously approved establishing a 1 percent tax on food and beverage sales in Lyons. According to Village President Chris Getty, the tax will largely be paid by nonresidents who dine at restaurants in Lyons. Getty further said the tax was expected to generate about $80,000 in revenue annually for the village. 

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