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Holiday Hills adds tow fee, amusement tax

HOLIDAY HILLS – The Holiday Hills Village Board approved two new revenue streams at its meeting last week.

The board OK’d a $500 impoundment fee and an amusement tax, which would start at 2 percent, increase to 3 percent in 2014 and settle at 5 percent in 2015.

The amusement tax would be levied on businesses that offer entertainment, including movie theaters, sporting arenas and bowling alleys.

The trigger for the proposal was H2 Paintball, which is looking to expand its operations on the north side of the village to include a track for remote control cars, aircraft and watercraft.

Its owners also want to build a grandstand, a hobby shop and a tech shop.

Long-term plans include a driving range, a miniature golf course, batting cages, a skateboard park, go-cart tracks, BMX racing and a rock climbing wall.
Holiday Hills is also the latest in a growing number of communities to implement a tow fee.

Both Cary and Wonder Lake added $500 administrative tow fees this year, and Spring Grove upped its fee to $350 from $250.

The tow fee was proposed by Police Chief Larry Mason to help cover the police department’s costs, which make up 34 to 44 percent of the village’s budget depending on the year.

Despite cuts to the department, primarily to administrative hours and equipment, the budget approved in September projects a deficit of $26,000.

Village President Dan Drury hopes the new revenue will change that.

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