Morton Grove Enacts A Cigarette Tax

The village expects the tax, on each package of cigarettes and e-cigarettes, to add $25,000 to its coffers.

Morton Grove trustees enacted a 25-cent-per-pack tax on each package of cigarettes and e-cigarettes sold in the village. 

They approved an ordinance, introduced by Trustee Bill Grear, who read information saying that cigarette dealers must purchase a tax stamp for each package (of 20 cigarettes or e-cigarettes), and then be reimbursed by the individuals who purchase them.

The ordinance (scroll to p. 89 of that link) says that if the village, in the course of its normal inspections, finds cigarettes for sale without the proper tax stamps, it may seize the cigarettes and/or vending machine and sell it for reimbursement, or allow the dealer-owner of the cigarettes or vending machine to pay the tax and a penalty. 

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Pat Craig December 13, 2013 at 11:10 AM
Do Niles, Skokie and Glenview have such a tax? With an expectation of only $25,000 in revenue our village administration drives business out of town. I thought these guys said they were "business friendly". Maybe that only applies to businesses outside of Morton Grove. Sheer genius... yet another tax. I can hardly wait to see what trustee Grear comes up with next!


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