Grafton residents upset with city council actions

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GRAFTON, IL (KTVI) – Some Grafton residents are upset about changes the majority of city council members are trying to make in a town that thrives on tourism.

A lot of these changes have to do with rules that affect business and property taxes.

Right now the city council is divided; on one side you have five aldermen, the other side you have the mayor, an alderman and a lot of community supporters.

Tensions started rising this summer when a group of alderman suggested banning outdoor music and now allowing liquor sales only between 10 am and 5 pm.

In a town where a lot of residents make a living on tourism that idea did not go over well.

Some community members worry that if these five aldermen get their way, business in Grafton would not survive and property taxes would go up.

One community member said each side of the argument has a name.

Community members who support the mayor and believe he wants to progress the city call themselves Grafton United.

He said the other side that supports the five alderman are called Take Back Grafton.

"They want to take Grafton back to 1972 and get rid of all the tourism. They don't want the motorcycles, they don't want the music, they don't want people coming and spending their money in town here. They issued business licenses to these merchants many years ago in good faith and now they want to do away with it. These are people's' lives and jobs we are talking about, said Grafton business man and resident Jim Berger.

We tried to talk to the five aldermen, and their supporter, but no one was willing to comment.

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