Among the proposals in the McHenry County Board’s Legislative Priorities was support for a tax on internet sales:
4) Support County Authority to Collect Existing Sales Tax
McHenry County supports legislation to permit the collection of existing sales and use taxes from remote sellers.
The issue of taxing remote sales has compounded in recent years due to the extraordinary development of the Internet as a retail marketplace.
As a result, state and local governments have lost billions in uncollected sales taxes and Main Street businesses find themselves at a significant competitive disadvantage to various online sellers.
The same sales tax rules should apply to Internet and mail order sales.
McHenry County Blog flagged the proposal Sunday afternoon.
The County Board removed the tax hike support from its Legislative Priorities on Tuesday Night on a 13-9 vote.
Those voting to kill the proposal were
- Yvonne Barnes
- Diane Evertsen
- Andrew Gasser
- John Hammerand
- Don Kopsell
- Anna May Miller
- Michael Rein
- Carolyn Schofield
- Michael Skala
- Larry Smith
- Michael Walkup
- Charles Wheeler
- Joe Gottemoller (voting last)
Voting to urge Congress to pass a tax on internet sales were
- Sue Draffkorn
- Jim Heisler
- Tina Hill
- John Jung
- Donna Kurtz
- Bob Martens
- Mary McCann
- Robert Nowak
- Jeff Thorsen
Michele Aavang and Nick Provenzano were absent.
Chuck Wheeler made the motion. Jeff Thorsen seconded it.