Urbana's city council voted to raise the community's sales tax. The new tax rate means consumers will pay an extra 9 percent begining January First for the items they buy. The city's shares of that tax will climb to 1.5 percent. The remainder comes from state and county levies. The new tax level is in line with Champaign, and just below Chicago's 9.25 percent tax rate. It's also one of the highest in central Illinois. Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing says the increased tax would shore up the city's $1 million budget gap. She expects it to bring in an extra $686,000U a year.
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