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The total sales tax rate in the Cook County portion of Wheeling is 10.00% (effective 01/01/2016), which is comprised of a 6.25% state levy, 1.75% county levy, 1.00% regional transit agency levy, and 1.00% Village of Wheeling home rule levy.
In Cook County, the total sales tax rate on autos and boats is 7.25% (no home rule tax). The total sales tax rate on groceries and drugs is 2.25% (no state, county or home rule component).
In the Lake County portion of Wheeling, the total sales tax rate is 8.00% (effective 1/1/2016) and is comprised of a 6.25% state levy, 1.00% Village of Wheeling home rule levy, and a .75% regional transit agency levy.
In Lake County, the total sales tax rate on autos and boats is 7.00% (no home rule tax). The total sales tax rate on groceries and drugs is 1.75% (no state, county or home rule component).
The Village of Wheeling receives a total of 2 percentage points of the total sales tax rate in both Cook County and Lake County (i.e. 1 percentage point from the State’s share and 1 percentage point from the Village’s home rule sales tax levy).
The Village receives a total of 1 percentage point of the sales tax rate on groceries and drugs sold in Cook County and Lake County.
Food & Beverage Tax– The Village has a 1% tax (in addition to the sales tax rate) on all food and beverages served at places for eating in Wheeling. Places for eating is defined as a place where prepared food is sold at retail for immediate consumption with seating provided on the premises (including any outdoor seating on the premises), whether the food is consumed on the premises or not. Please click here for a registration form or tax return.
Telecommunications Tax - The Village imposes a 6% tax on telephones, cellular phones, fax machines, and similar services. The tax is collected by the customer’s telecommunications provider and typically appears on each provider’s monthly bill.
Hotel/Motel Tax – The Village imposes a 6% tax on hotel/motel rooms in Wheeling. The Village’s tax is in addition to the hotel/motel tax imposed by the State.
911 Fees– The Village imposes a .75 cent per landline fee in Wheeling. The revenue from the fee is used to pay for costs associated with operating a 911 emergency telephone system. The Village also receives a portion of a similar fee imposed by the State on cellular phone users in Illinois.
Yes, the current fee is based upon an average of regional ambulance rates and varies based upon the complexity of the medical services provided. Patients who refuse service and are not transported to a local hospital are not charged for service. Fees are charged for individuals who utilize the Fire Department's services for invalid assists (ex. lifting off of the floor) and have no medical basis for their call for service.
A third party billing company, hired by the Village of Wheeling, handles billing for ambulance service. Medicare and/or private insurance payments are accepted as payment for all charges and collection of individual deductibles are waived.
For more information, contact the Fire Department at 847-459-2662.
Each fire department in the country is evaluated by an independent agency known as the "Insurance Services Organization (ISO)." This evaluation takes into consideration the department’s equipment, staffing levels, communications network, training, and water supply system. Based upon points obtained in all areas of the evaluation, the fire department is then placed in one of 10 categories with a "Class 1" being the best. Based upon the category assigned, fire insurance rates are then determined.
The Wheeling Fire Department's Class 2 rating places the department in the top 3 1/2% of all fire departments nationwide. Wheeling’s Class 2 rating is extremely good and homeowners, as well as local businesses, resulting in relatively low fire insurance rates. Residents and businesses are encouraged to discuss the fire department's ISO rating with their property insurance company to make sure they are getting all the premium discounts they deserve. The Fire Department was last evaluated and classified by ISO in 2017.
All costs relating to repairs and maintenance of private sanitary service lines are the responsibility of the property owner.
• Eliminate drafts - All crawl space and basement vents, windows and doors should be repaired and closed, making sure a tight seal exists to keep out cold air.
• Insulate pipes - Insulating pipes in colder or unheated areas such as the crawl space or pipes located adjacent to an outside wall, helps to reduce the possibility of ruptured pipes. Also allow warm air to circulate around pipes located against outside walls accessed by cabinets.
• Leave faucet running - Keeping a continuous trickle of cold water running can help reduce the possibility of a pipe burst due to freezing.