Yorkville City Administrator Bart Olson

Yorkville City Administrator Bart Olson speaking to the Yorkville City Council on April 9th, 2019. (WSPYnews.com photo by Tyler Bachman)

Yorkville Mayor John Purcell is proposing to extend Yorkville City Administrator Bart Olson's contract with the city an additional six months and city council will vote on the matter at their meeting, next week.

According to council documents, Olson's contract would extend to May 29, 2020. His current six-month contract, which was renewed by council at the start of Purcell's tenure in May, was set to expire on November 29th of this year.

Purcell had spoken with WSPY's Tyler Bachman at that May meeting about the contract terms.

There have been no public issues between Olson and Purcell since Purcell took office and both have been complimentary of each other in any interview or public meeting.

If aldermen give the OK, Olson's salary will remain at $174,836 through May of 2020. It is the same amount he received in 2018 during the last year of his previous four-year contract.  

Additionally, city council documents show aldermen will vote on whether to impose a tax on potential cannabis sales in the city, which is separate from the actual zoning ordinance that city officials say isn't expected to be voted on still for a few more months.

One alderman has said he will not vote for adult-use cannabis sales while others have had no objection and a couple have simply stated they seek more information.

Administrator Olson writes that a 3% sales tax is the maximum amount allowed under law but the 3% sales tax is on top of the

city’s normal distributions of sales taxes of 2%.

With anticipated sales of between $500,000 and $5,000,000 annually, the city would expect to receive approximately $25,000 to $250,000 in annual revenue.

Olson writes that the deadlines for new sales tax authorizations to be filed with the State is October 1st and April 1st.

If aldermen approve the zoning ordinance and sales are permitted in city limits, the sales tax can immediately be applied.

If the city misses the October 1st state filing deadline, a cannabis sales tax would not be able to be imposed until late 2020 (tied to the April 1, 2020 filing deadline).