BY MIKE CETERA
The Sun-Times has a nice breakdown today of what an increased sales tax means for Chicagoans. Beginning today, if you buy something in the city, you'll pay the highest sales tax in the country.
Over at the Trib, they have a chart showing how much in taxes you'd pay in various towns when you purchase a laptop computer.
From the Sun-Times:
Sales tax rates differ from town to town in Illinois because certain municipalities are given home-rule authority, allowing them to implement their own sales taxes among other powers. So west suburban Stone Park's 10.5 percent sales tax includes a 1 percent sales tax take for all Illinois municipalities, plus Stone Park's additional 1.5 percent home-rule-enabled sales tax.
Outside Cook County, a municipality's sales tax revenues are divided like this: 5 percent goes to the state; 1 percent goes to the city, except for unincorporated areas, in which case it goes to the county, and 0.25 percent to the county, according to Mike Klemens, spokesman for the Illinois Department of Revenue in Springfield.
The collar counties surrounding Cook -- DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will -- impose sales taxes of 6.25 percent each, plus a 0.75 percent RTA tax. Cook is the only county with home-rule sales tax authority.
Neither story provides information about what Fox Valley shoppers pay. But the Illinois Department of Revenue has a handy list that gives the scoop (In collar counties, add .5 percent increase for RTA tax).
Using the example of $1,075.95 laptop computer, here's where local communities would fall:
Aurora (Kendall) -- 8.50 percent or $91.46
Aurora (DuPage, Kane and Will) -- 8.25/$88.77
Yorkville (Kendall Marketplace District) -- 7.75/$83.39
Batavia (Kane and DuPage) -- 7.50/$80.70
North Aurora -- 7.50/$80.70
Naperville -- 7.25/$78.00
Oswego -- 7.25/$78.00
Yorkville (outside Kendall Marketplace District) -- 7.25/$78.00
Montgomery (Kendall) -- 7.25/$78.00
Geneva -- 7/$75.32
Montgomery (Kane) -- 7/$75.32
The highest Fox Valley sales tax -- the Kendall County portion of Aurora -- would be placed directly in the middle of the Tribune graphic -- higher than Downers Grove, lower than unincorporated Cook.