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Rialto plans to make another pitch for taxing power

The Rialto Square Theatre is seen March 30 in Joliet.
The Rialto Square Theatre is seen March 30 in Joliet.

Rialto Square Theatre board members plan another pitch to legislators for taxing power but don’t sound very hopeful.

The board in February began to seek the state authority needed to develop taxing powers, but the plan fizzled as local legislators were unwilling to get involved before the Nov. 6 election.

Board Chairman Robert Filotto said at a board meeting on Wednesday that it may be time to restart the effort.

“Now that the mid-term elections are over, perhaps we can approach some of our legislators and see if after the election outcome they can help us out a little,” Filotto said. “I try to be optimistic, but I think it’s going to be tough.”

The Rialto board gets its authority under a state law that did not give it any taxing power. To get it, the law would have to be changed.

The board has talked about pursuing a property tax or a food and beverage tax that would support the theater, but never settled on what it would prefer.

“We’re trying to be as creative as we can,” Vice Chairman Jeff Pierson said.

Board member Joe Carlasare said state legislators previously declined invitations to come to a Rialto board meeting, but he planned to invite them again.

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