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City to allocate pot sales tax money to Fix or Flatten

City to allocate pot sales tax money to Fix or Flatten

2 weeks, 1 day ago by Scott Hardy

25% of revenue from sales will go to program

The Quincy City Council has approved an ordinance directing part of the city's tax revenue from marijuana sales to a program that clears blighted properties. 

The Council Monday night approved a third reading of an ordinance that will direct 25 per cent of revenue the city collects from marijuana sales to the Fix or Flatten program. The measure was wanted by Aldermen in the City's river wards, which are the 1st, 2nd and 7th Wards. The City Council also approved extending Mayor Kyle Moore's State of Emergency proclamation to December 7th. That was issued Friday, and was due to expire Tuesday. It allows the City to allocate resources and manpower to the Rapid Response testing site at 33rd and Broadway, and other possible COVID-19 testing sites. The Council learned that over 1 thousand tests were administered Monday, and the goal is to do 20,000 to 30,000 tests over the next 2 to 3 weeks.

The Council also learned from Transit Lines Director Marty Stegeman that the service will run out of of money by the end of next week. Stegeman says he expects to ask the Council next week for more funding for the service. According to Stegeman, QTL is due to get $5.5 million from the State of Illinois, but the money hasn't been sent yet. Even after talking with state transportation officials, Stegeman said he doesn't know when the Transit Lines will get that money.

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