Urbana city officials want to hear what residents feel about the sale and taxing of recreational cannabis.

Mayor Diane Marlin stated the City Council will quickly go over and vote on whether or not to impose a tax of up to three % on recreational cannabis sales when it becomes legal in Illinois on Jan. 1, 2020.

Prior to these City Council meetings on Aug. 26 and Sept. three, Marlin stated she desires to hear what residents feel about the sales tax and associated difficulties.

“We will be listening to what folks have to say, their opinions, queries, issues,” Marlin stated. “And then more than the coming months, as we create policies and appear at modifications in ordinances, we’ll take that input into account.”

The listening session on this subject will be held at the City Council meeting 7 p.m. tonight at the City Council Chambers on Vine Street in Urbana.

Marlin stated she supports the sales tax mainly because it could create many hundred thousand dollars a year in considerably-required income for the city.

The city is about halfway by way of eliminating a $two.five million spending budget deficit, she stated.

“We’ve created a quantity of substantial spending reductions more than the previous handful of years,” Marlin stated. “We’ve reorganized departments, we’ve created operations extra effective in some regions. We’re seeking ahead to fiscal year 2021, the gap we want to cover in that year is close to $800,000.”

Marlin stated there stay quite a few difficulties to think about relating to how the city of Urbana will implement cannabis sales, like doable zoning modifications relating to exactly where recreational cannabis can be sold and figuring out which public spaces folks will be prohibited from utilizing marijuana.

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