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Belleville votes to extend sale tax another 4 years

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BELLEVILLE, IL (KTVI)-- Residents in Belleville should have been in for a small sales tax cut this Decemberbut that's not going to happen.

I caught up with Belleville Mayor Mark Eckert to explain why the city changed its mind about letting the tax expire as it was supposed to.

The mayor and Belleville City Council voted to keep that money in the city coffers, saying they would use it to hire police officers instead of you having a little extra money in your pockets.

The mayor didn't want to talk to me about this issuebut one alderwoman had a lot to say about why she feels resident got the shaft on this deal.

Belleville okayed the sales tax two years back because of a budget crisis brought on by the state of Illinois not paying what it owed the city. At that time city leaders told taxpayers the tax would sunset at the end of December 2013. But as the date grew closer to this pool of money slipping out of politicians hands, city hall decided to act and voted to extend the tax another four years.

The council also defeated a measure to put the issue to a vote of the people