Peoria Portillo's Restaurant Contingent on Tuesday Council Vote

Council will decide whether to approve a special service area sales tax

PEORIA, Ill. - Tuesday night Peoria City Council votes on a special sales tax to bring Portillo's Hot Dog to the River City.

The Chicago-style restaurant opening in Peoria is contingent on city council's approval of a special sales tax for the restaurant. It's a 1% sales tax increase benefiting the developer of Portillo's that customers at the anticipated location outside of Westlake Shopping Center would pay.

Over the last several weeks that city council members have considered at this, some questioned if this type of tax is being used correctly. That sparked council to look at creating a policy for the use of sales tax incentives in special service ares. SSA's serve as financing vehicles to levy taxes in a certain area rather than the entire municipality. However, some council members say this tax should be used for public good and infrastructure needs, not for an individual private developer as it would be in this case.

If approved, Portillo's officials say they will begin hiring people for as many as 200 jobs with a payroll of $2 million.

Tonight's council meeting will begin at 6 p.m.

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