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Former Mayor, Now Trustee Yarbrough: “Watch Us Work”

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 || By Michael Romain 

MAYWOOD || At a watershed board meeting last night, May 19, the most recent configuration of Maywood’s seven-member Board of Trustees came into form.

Former Maywood mayor Henderson Yarbrough, reelected trustee Ron Rivers and new trustee Isiah Brandon were all sworn in by three different judges. Yarbrough and Brandon replaced outgoing trustees Audrey Jaycox and Chery Ealey-Cross.

The three new members struck a rhetorical tone of reconciliation after an election that, at points, got pretty testy. There was no love lost between Brandon’s three-candidate People’s Choice slate and the Maywood United Party, on which Yarbrough and Rivers ran.

Moreover, the personal animosity between Mayor Edwenna Perkins, one of Brandon’s main political backers, and the Maywood United group — which ostensibly includes Yarbrough, Rivers, Trustee Melvin Lightford, Trustee Toni Dorris and Trustee Michael Rogers — has been less than subtle, often spilling full-bore into board meetings.

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Through their speeches, the town’s three newest trustees vowed to steer a different course when it comes to governance.

“To my colleagues, you guys are not my enemies here,” said Brandon during his post-swearing in remarks. At points in his speech, he looked directly at Rivers.

“I welcome new members of this board and promise to try to work together for the betterment and [uplift] of Maywood,” said Rivers during his post-swearing in remarks.

“I do subscribe wholeheartedly to what has been said by the new elected trustee Isiah Brandon,” said Yarbrough. “I want to thank all of you who supported me and all of you who didn’t. I know all of you here didn’t vote for me, but guess what, I forgive you,” the former mayor quipped.

“I know what needs to be done,” he said. “Watch us work.” VFP

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BREAKING: Objections to Yarbrough, Rivers and Ester Candidacies Dismissed–Slate Will Appear on Ballot

DSC_1501The three-member Maywood Electoral Board during a hearing last Wednesday, December 10. Photo by Michael Romain for the Village Free Press.

Thursday, December 18, 2014 || By Michael Romain || Updated: 12/19/14 || 10:49 PM

The objections filed by Darius Johnson against former mayor Henderson Yarbrough, District 209 board member Readith Ester and sitting trustee Ron Rivers — all of whom are running on the same slate to contest the three trustee seats that are open in next year’s April election — were dismissed yesterday by a 3-member local electoral board.

The board, which comprised Mayor Edwenna Perkins, Village Clerk Viola Mims and Trustee Audrey Jaycox, voted 2-1 to dismiss all three objections, with Mayor Perkins the only nay vote. The objector has five days to file appeals, if he chooses to do so.

Johnson, who was represented by attorney Doug Ibendahl, objected to the three candidacies based on the claim that they still owed debts to the Village of Maywood stemming from their times in office. At a board hearing last Wednesday, December 10, Ibendahl said that each candidate owed debts relating to travel expenses. In Yarbrough’s case, he was alleged to have taken his wife, Cook County Recorder of Deeds Karen Yarbrough, on trips that were funded by taxpayer money without having reimbursed the village for the expenses.

Scott Erdman, the attorney for the three candidates, claimed that a village letter from Maywood’s finance department claiming that the candidates owed no outstanding debts to the village was sufficient to strike the objections. In addition, Erdman said that, even if they were in arrears, state law had been recently changed such that candidates who owe municipal debts at the time of their candidacies should not be prohibited from seeking office.

So far, Yarbrough, Rivers and Ester have been the only candidates running for trustee in next year’s election to be challenged. All candidates running for the trustee positions in the April 7, 2015, consolidated election have until Monday, December 22, to turn in their petitions.  The last day to file objections is Tuesday, December 30. VFP

Correction: A previous version of this article misspelled the last name of Readith Ester and provided the wrong deadline for petition filings. The article has since been updated.

Facing Objection, Yarbrough Slate Still on Ballot — For Now

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Scott Erdman, Readith Esther and Doug Ibendahl at yesterday’s Electoral Board hearing. Photo by Michael Romain for the Village Free Press.

Thursday, December 11, 2014 || By Michael Romain || Updated: 3:02 PM

The candidates’ attorney files motion to strike and dismiss objection based on a change in state law and finance department letter

MAYWOOD | Formal objections to the candidacies of former Maywood mayor Henderson Yarbrough, sitting Maywood trustee Ron Rivers and sitting District 209 board member Readith Esther—all of whom are running on the same ticket for the three trustee seats that will be contested in next April’s election—were heard yesterday by a three-member Electoral Board.

So far, they are the only candidates for trustee who have faced a challenge this election cycle. All three candidates were challenged by Darius Johnson, whose personal background we don’t know. Johnson objected on the grounds that all three candidates still owe money to the Village of Maywood.

Johnson claims that Yarbrough, Rivers and Esther still owe outstanding debts stemming from travel-related expenses that were incurred while they were village officials. Esther is the former Village Clerk of Maywood, having served from 2005 (when she campaigned on then-mayoral candidate Yarbrough’s Maywood United ticket) to 2009.

Yesterday’s Electoral Board comprised Mayor Edwenna Perkins, Village Clerk Viola Mims and Trustee Audrey Jaycox, whose selection to the board was based on her seniority among sitting trustees.

Scott Erdman, Yarbrough’s attorney, filed a motion to strike Johnson’s objection based on a change in laws and a letter from the Maywood finance department stating that the candidates aren’t in arrears.

“The objector cites Illinois statute that may have been good several years ago, but that had been changed by the legislature in December of 2013,” said Erdman. “There is no longer a statutory bar to candidacy if a candidate owes a debt to a municipality, and even if that were the case, there is no debt to the municipality.”

According to Doug Ibendahl, the attorney for the objector, Yarbrough expended village funds to pay for his wife, Cook County Recorder of Deeds Karen Yarbrough, to go on a trip. Ibendahl said that there has been no sufficient evidence to show that the funds were paid back to the village.

Ibendahl also noted that Erdman’s affidavit—which included the letter from the Maywood finance department stating that Yarbrough owed no debts and was the basis of his motion to strike—was introduced the day of the hearing and that he [Ibendahl] had no prior knowledge of it.

The state statute to which Erdman referenced is from 65 ILCS 5/3.1-10-5, particularly subsections (b) and (b-5), which read:

“(b) A person is not eligible to take the oath of office for a municipal office if that person is, at the time required for taking the oath of office, in arrears in the payment of a tax or other indebtedness due to the municipality or has been convicted in any court located in the United States of any infamous crime, bribery, perjury, or other felony.

“(b-5) A person is not eligible to hold a municipal office, if that person is, at any time during the term of office, in arrears in the payment of a tax or other indebtedness due to the municipality or has been convicted in any court located in the United States of any infamous crime, bribery, perjury, or other felony.”

Erdman said that prior to July 2013, the statute was written such that electoral boards could rely on it to deny candidates who owed debts to the municipalities in which they were running for office access to the ballot. That’s no longer the case, the attorney argued, which would make a decision by the Maywood Board of Electors to deny the three candidates ballot access very difficult to justify legally.

The change of rules, in addition to the letter from the village’s finance department, were hard for some in the room to swallow.

“This person says there is no debt,” said Mayor Perkins, in reference to Yarbrough’s affidavit. “But yet it’s in the minutes and in the facts that [the debt] was done. This actually happened. That’s the issue I have. This actually transpired.”

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Former Cook County Recorder of Deeds Eugene Moore, who was in the audience and who many say is the real force behind Johnson’s objection (Ibendahl is Moore’s attorney as well), smarted at what he perceived as the sudden change in state statute. He noted that in last April’s elections, the Yarbrough-led Maywood United Party, through front-persons similar to Johnson, filed objections to the candidacies of people who Moore said owed the village much less than the sums allegedly owed by Yarbrough and his two running mates.

“They owe a lot more money than people they knocked off the ballot last year,” Moore said. “They knocked Joe Ratley [candidate for trustee] off for a parking ticket. They knocked Isiah Brandon [candidate for trustee] off for a parking ticket. Now, if [these people] who run our village owe much more than that—whatever the dollar amount might be—it should apply to elected officials as well. How do they get away with making the taxpayers pay their bills and they don’t pay their bills? Our community will never grow if we keep allowing these things to happen.”

Moore was dissatisfied with the letter issued by the finance department demonstrating that Yarbrough owes no debt, noting that it didn’t go far enough as evidence.

“Show us where he paid it!” he said emphatically. “They’ve got records [i.e., invoices, etc.] of that kind of stuff. But if the finance department allowed them to get away with that, then the person in charge should be relieved of her duties,” he said, referring to department head Lanya Satchell.

“She’s not fulfilling her fiduciary responsibility,” said Moore, who is throwing his support behind a slate that includes Isiah Brandon, former trustee Marcius Scaggs and Moore’s grandson, financial consultant Chase Moore.

Both the Electoral Board and Ibendahl were surprised by Erdman’s motion to strike, in addition to the changed statute and finance department letter on which the motion was based. Ibendahl requested more time to file a written response to the motion. In the intervening period, the Board will have more time to look at the statute more thoroughly.

Ibendahl has until noon on December 15, to file his response to the strike motion. Thereafter, Erdman will have until the end of the business day on Tuesday, December 16, to file a reply to Ibendahl’s response. The Board will reconvene the hearing on December 17 at 2 PM. VFP

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Yarbrough Candidacy for Trustee Challenged, Electoral Board Hearing Tomorrow, December 10, 2 PM

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 || By COMMUNITY EDITOR

The candidacies of Henderson Yarbrough, Sr., Trustee Ron Rivers and Readith Esther have been challenged by Darius Johnson. The three candidates are campaigning for the three trustee seats that are being contested in next year’s election. It isn’t yet known on what basis Johnson’s objection has been filed.

The objection hearing will be held during a special meeting of the Maywood Municipal Officers Electoral Board tomorrow, December 10, 2014, at 2 PM, inside village chambers, 125 S. 5th Avenue, Maywood. The three-person electoral board comprises Mayor Edwenna Perkins, Village Clerk Viola Mims and Trustee Audrey Jaycox. VFP

Dempsey Staffing CEO Claims Her Company is a Political Target

Village Manager Bill Barlow, Theresa Kelly, Mayor Perkins, Ronald McDonald, Princess Dempsey, Jan NelsonDempsey (second from left), at the opening of the Roosevelt Road McDonald’s in Maywood, which her company also staffed. She’s pictured with (from left to right), former village manager William Barlow, Proviso Township District 209 board member Theresa Kelly, Mayor Perkins, Ronald McDonald and franchise owner Jan Nelson June of last year. VFP File Photo.

Monday, December 8, 2014 || By Michael Romain

In a recent interview, Princess Dempsey, the founder and CEO of Dempsey Staffing, offered her perspective on the recent scrutiny that Mayor Perkins has been receiving since utilizing the temp agency to hire a part-time worker to fill-in for the Board’s administrative assistant, Jonette Greenhow.

Residents, village staff members and trustees have complained that the additional expenses are unjustified and unnecessary for an office dedicated to a part-time mayor and part-time trustees. Lanya Satchell, the village’s finance director, said that the mayor has spent more than $10,000 more than the $15,000 her office is allocated as a line-item.

Satchell, along with residents and trustees, believe that the temp worker is doing double duty and is an unnecessary hire in an office they don’t think is burdened with much work. Mayor Perkins, on the other hand, insists that the temp worker is necessary to maintain professionalism and consistency in her office.

“The reason why this keeps coming up is because there’s a feeling that there isn’t a need for it and we’re paying two people to do the same job,” Satchell said. 

Perkins said that part of her motivation for the extra staffing is due to her experiences as a trustee, when residents would complain to her that their calls to the mayor’s office weren’t getting answered.

“People complained about the office being closed and them not being able to get to the secretary,” she said. “The question is do we want to close the office or do we want to give the constituents the opportunity to get to the mayor. If they don’t want me to cover my office when Jonette is not there, they need to let me know and they should put it in writing and I’ll adjust it according to what [Acting Village Manager David] Myers says.”

Dempsey doubled-down on the Mayor’s point, insisting that her staffing company has taken a deep haircut while doing business with the village.

“I’m paying the worker $14 an hour,” she said. “Most of my clients in that position I would’ve charged $25. I don’t charge any markups to the mayor’s office. It’s a flat fee.”

Dempsey, a supporter of the Mayor’s, said that her personal and political ties to Perkins did not factor into the Mayor’s decision to contract her services, corroborating the Mayor’s claim that she was hired through former village manager William Barlow. She also claimed that the village trustees who have scrutinized her contracting with the mayor’s office are motivated by politics.

“My firm has never made a donation to the mayor’s campaign or anything,” said Dempsey, a resident of Broadview and member of the Lindop District 92 school board. “Her seat isn’t even up yet. The trustees — Toni Dorris, Audrey Jaycox, Melvin Lightford and Ron Rivers — need to stop micromanaging the village’s business and try to get to the people’s business. They’re playing politics. These people aren’t questioning [bigger spending items], instead they’re looking at a $14 an hour position.”

“I’m minority-certified with Chicago and Illinois,” she said, before claiming that the village is contracting with another temp agency based in Itasca. Dempsey wouldn’t give the company’s name, only saying that it isn’t minority-certified.

“There’s a temp service right now that is not affiliated with Dempsey Staffing that has hired four people at $25 an hour for 40 hours a week in other departments — in the water department, billing, etc.,” Dempsey said. “The trustees have not yet once questioned the other company. The other company has not yet been certified.”

“These four workers are working under [Maywood HR coordinator Wilhelmina] Dunbar in different capacities,” she said. “They’re doing the same kind of administrative work as my temp worker — somebody is downstairs answering the phones, somebody is at window taking payments — they’re doing the exact same jobs.”

For their part, many of the residents and village officials who have questioned the Mayor’s spending on the additional temp worker believe that the expense is unjustified based on the fact that the office of the mayor, in addition to the Board of Trustees, are both part-time functions that don’t require continual spending on additional staff when the full-time administrative assistant is out.

In addition, they believe that the money could go toward hiring staff in other understaffed departments that are “related to the whole village,” as Trustee Audrey Jaycox put it.

Although scrutiny of the mayor’s additional hires hasn’t been limited to those aforementioned trustees, Dempsey nonetheless believes that her firm is being unfairly targeted.

“Those four trustees are too busy trying to minimize the village and run the day-to-day operations,” Dempsey said. “My contract was certified by Barlow. Have they done the background on other people? No, they have not. They’re playing too many power trick games with people’s lives.”

Ms. Dunbar has not yet been reached for comment. Dempsey’s claims about the Itasca-based temp agency have not yet been independently verified. This article will be updated as information comes in. VFP

To Staff or Not to Staff: Mayor Perkins’s Hiring Practices Scrutinized by Trustees, Residents

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014 || By Michael Romain || Updated: 8:57 PM

The Mayor asserts that hiring an additional temp worker to man her office at times is a net benefit to the village, while some trustees and residents believe the extra spending is just another undue burden for the cash-strapped municipality

MAYWOOD || Mayor Edwenna Perkins faced heavy criticism from Lucille Redmond, one of the village’s most vigilant citizen watchdogs, at last night’s regular board meeting in the wake of revelations that the Mayor has spent about $10,000 more than the $15,000 her office is allocated each year, according to figures released by finance department head Lanya Satchell. 

The bulk of that money has been used to hire a temporary worker to sit in for Jonette Greenhow, the Board’s administrative assistant, when Greenhow is either absent or overburdened with work. The temp worker is hired through Dempsey Staffing Firm, a temp agency owned by Princess Dempsey, a supporter of Mayor Perkins and Lindop School District 92 board member.

“There’s no way in hell that you need two full-time employees for a part-time mayor,” said Redmond. “It is wrong for you to bring that staffing agency up in here,” she said. “This village is broke. When does anyone have accountability for what they do around here?” 

Contrary to Redmond’s claim, Greenhow is the only full-time employee hired to work in the Mayor’s office; however, her insistence that the extra hire is unwarranted has been upheld by several trustees at various points in time since Dempsey Staffing has been offering its services.

Critics of the extra hire say that the added cost is unjustified, given the village’s dire financial straits, and that the Mayor hasn’t offered a sufficiently detailed explanation for the expenses. Mayor Perkins, however, counters that the additional help is a much-needed service in a village government that sorely lacks professionalism and consistency.

“Ordinarily, this [temporary worker] doesn’t exist,” said Satchell. “This hasn’t existed in the past. We only paid a full-time employee and when that employee was absent, the office was closed or a volunteer manned the office.” 

Satchell said that she believes that the same person has been hired to do temp work in the office and that the person is also hired to do work when Greenhow is present. For instance, in September, Satchell noted, the temp worker was paid $2,240 for the month and was a nearly constant presence in the office — despite the fact that Greenhow was also there.

“They’re doing double-duty,” Satchell said of Greenhow and the temp worker. She did note that line items go over budget in other village departments as well; so this isn’t unique to the Mayor’s office.

Typically, the Board amends the budget during hearings held each April to account for the unforeseen additional expenses.

“The reason why this keeps coming up is because there’s a feeling that there isn’t a need for it and we’re paying two people to do the same job,” Satchell said. 

Both Mayor Perkins and Greenhow insisted that the temporary worker is typically only called in when Greenhow is absent. They said there were only two times when Greenhow and the temp worker were both present on the job at the same time.

“When I’m not here, we use the staffing agency to fill in for me so that the office isn’t unmanned,” Greenhow said. 

“It’s only during my absence. We also had staffing going on during the time when we had the fire chief issue, because we received an overabundance of emails and calls. We got over 200 pages of emails. The extra person was there for maybe a day,” she said.

“Also, when the summer program was going on, we had an extra person, because [Police Chief Valdimir Talley] gave us four people to work the program and three went on vacation, so I was forced to work the grant program. So we had someone come in and fill in for me in the office. She was paid out of the $35,000 given to the summer work program. At no given time are we double-staffing,” Greenhow insisted.

In September, a controversy that involved Maywood Fire Department Chief Craig Bronaugh ordering the removal of flag decals from lockers prompted a national outcry and elicited several days of internet responses, in addition to calls and emails to the village, from all over the country. The youth summer program that Greenhow references began in July and ended sometime in August.

Mayor Perkins said that, with the exception of Redmond and several trustees, there has been no public outcry about the additional staffing. 

“I haven’t gotten any calls or complaints from anyone other than the trustees,” she said, specifically naming trustees Melvin Lightford, Ron Rivers, Antonette Dorris and Audrey Jaycox. “That’s because they’re looking for something on me. Instead of working with me, they’re working against me. That’s what this is all about.”

Perkins said that part of her motivation for the extra staffing is due to her experiences as a trustee, when residents would complain to her that their calls to the mayor’s office weren’t getting answered.

“People complained about the office being closed and them not being able to get to the secretary,” she said. “The question is do we want to close the office or do we want to give the constituents the opportunity to get to the mayor. If they don’t want me to cover my office when Jonette is not there, they need to let me know and they should put it in writing and I’ll adjust it according to what [Acting Village Manager David] Myers says.”

Perkins also addressed claims that her associations with Dempsey Staffing may be politically motivated.

“Dempsey charges $14 an hour,” Perkins said. “We pay $25 an hour to the temporary services that staff other positions in the department. When Ms. Satchell needs to call contractors in, she calls on a price that’s much higher than [$14 an hour].”

Perkins said that, contrary to appearances, Princess Dempsey’s services were brought to the village’s attention by former village manager William Barlow, who she said was considering hiring Dempsey to run the village’s HR operations.

“[Princess Dempsey] is a business and she approached Mr. Barlow herself,” the Mayor said. “She has her credentials and her certifications. She approached him as a vendor. If you have a business or service, you have the right to approach the person in charge.” 

“Let’s talk about political hires,” Perkins said. “Mr. Yarbrough hired his niece as the receptionist at village hall. [Trustee] Dorris works at the Park District right now and has a 401(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Isn’t that a conflict of interests?”

But some, like Trustee Jaycox, note that the larger issues residents and village officials have about the Mayor’s extra staffing go beyond a particular business. The Trustee, reinforcing both Satchell’s and Redmonds points, said that the Mayor hasn’t provided sufficient financial justification for the additional staffing.

“This isn’t about Dempsey Staffing, this is about staffing [practices in the Mayor’s office] in general,” Jaycox said.

“We don’t have room in the budget for this staffing,” Jaycox said. “I don’t feel there’s that much work coming into that office all of a sudden where we have to staff it everyday when Jonette isn’t there.

“Other departments have gone a day or two without a person,” she said. “They’ve had to adjust their priorities. If we take a look at how much money we’ve paid [for the extra staffing in the Mayor’s office] — that puts us way over budget and it continues to happen with no explanation. No other department staffs for a continuous period of time when they have a person off.”

Jaycox said that it’s an unfair to compare the temporary hiring that goes on in the Mayor’s office with that in other departments. 

“If you take Public Works [for example], that’s an area that is related to the whole village, in terms of what needs to be done,” Jaycox said.

“That’s a department that operates full-time everyday. The obligation of the Mayor’s office is to the [part-time] Mayor and the [part-time members of the] Board of Trustees. If this is about answering phones — some of those calls can be diverted. You just can’t make a comparison between the Mayor’s office and other departments. This is a village manager form of government. Now, if it was a mayoral form, it would be another story.” VFP

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“Shame on Us”: Village Increased Liquor Tax by 300 Percent to Pay for More Policing of Loiterers, but More Policing Never Came

Cook County Recorder of DeedsmaywoodliquorFriday, November 14, 2014 || By Michael Romain || Updated: 3:02 PM

MAYWOOD || At a Legal, License and Ordinance Committee (LLOC) meeting Wednesday, Maywood’s Board of Trustees discussed potentially reducing a liquor tax that, according to village officials, went into effect in 2010.

That year, the tax on packaged liquor rose from $2,500 to $10,000 — an increase of 300 percent. Mayor Edwenna Perkins, who was a trustee at the time, said that the tax increase was ostensibly meant to pay for a more vigorous police presence around liquor stores to combat loitering.

The increased police presence was supposed to be concentrated around stores south of Lake Street — namely 18th and St. Charles Road, the 1000 block of South 17th Avenue and at 19 N. Fifth Avenue, Mayor Perkins said.

However, at Wednesday’s LLOC meeting, Maywood Police Chief Valdimir Talley, who has been on the job for about a year, said that his department “never provided the service.”

“Some officers didn’t even understand what loitering meant,” he said, underscoring just how little loitering patrol some village officials believe police was doing at the time.

“[The tax was increased] solely so the police could staff and address the loitering around these facilities,” Talley said.

But he noted that, since the implementation of the tax, there’s been only one liquor store that has experienced a lot of loitering, despite the fact that the tax was imposed on all businesses that sell packaged liquor.

Talley said that the tax isn’t fair to many of the businesses who are paying an extra $7,500 to fund an increased police presence that never materialized. He said he learned of their grievances while walking around the community, talking to different business owners.

“When this was addressed to me, I immediately took it to [staff],” he said. “I’m about fairness.”

“Shame on us,” said Trustee Antonette Dorris, who wasn’t on the Board at the time the tax increase was implemented.

“I’m not for increasing the fee, but cutting it — I’m not in favor of that,” she said, noting that if taxes can’t be decreased for residents, they shouldn’t be decreased for businesses.

But Trustee Audrey Jaycox, who was on the Board when the vote took place, presented a much more complicated motivation for the tax increase.

“There was an increase because there were complaints from the liquor store owners in terms of the types of services that were being provided,” she said.

“A previous chief had indicated that [increased loitering patrol aroud the stores] was going to cost,” Jaycox said. “Truth be told, there were a couple of businesses that we were having a lot of trouble with [and] it was our hope at the time that…if the fee was raised, maybe [those trouble businesses] would close…and it would help lower [the cost of more loitering patrol].”

In keeping with Jaycox’s analysis, Mayor Perkins said in an interview conducted after the meeting that many of the problems associated with loitering had come after the village voted to allow the sale of alcohol within municipal boundaries. Prior to the passage of that referendum, Maywood was a ‘dry’ community.

Trustee Michael Rogers noted that, despite the underlying motivation for the tax increase, the additional funds that the village has been capturing since 2010 — even though they may not have been allocated for the specific purpose of the tax increase — have nonetheless been allocated to other uses.

Essentially, with the tax reduction, the village should look for less revenue coming into the coffers. Mayor Perkins, who said she voted against the increase when she was a trustee, claimed that the issue for her was bigger than revenue.

“I don’t like to squeeze anybody,” she said.

Talley, who mentioned that the tax increase only applied to stores that sell packaged liquor, was in support of the board reducing the tax from $10,000 to $6,000 for a period of one-year, after which the Board would revisit the issue and assess whether the tax decrease should be implemented again.

The Board voted 3-2 in favor of considering a reduction of the fee by $4,000 per the recommendation of the liquor commission. Trustees Dorris and Melvin Lightford voted ‘nay,’ while Trustees Jaycox, Rogers and Mayor Perkins voted ‘yea.’ Trustees Cheryl Ealey-Cross and Ronald Rivers were absent. VFP

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