EAST PEORIA — An item to increase the sales tax on some purchases in East Peoria is on Tuesday's City Council agenda, but it could be pulled without a vote.

Commissioner Dan Decker is scheduled to read the agenda item, but said last Friday it could get pulled for lack of a majority vote. Decker and Commissioner Tim Jeffers support the increase of one-half of one percent as a means toward solving a $1.7 million budget shortfall. Commissioners Gary Densberger and John Kahl and Mayor Dave Mingus have so far opposed in public the tax increase.

The increase is recommended by City Administrator Jeff Eder, who also recommends implementing a garbage pickup fee and an increase to the property tax rate to elevate the city out of its current financial problems.

Decker said the increase might not get a vote Tuesday.

"I believe I may be pulling the item," Decker wrote in an email Friday. "It depends on a couple issues, but I am more committed to making sure a decision is made, rather than making sure a decision is made this week."

He could not be reached for further comment Monday.

It's a complicated calculation. In order to enact an increase by Jan. 1, 2018, the council would need to alert state government of its intent by Oct. 1. Tuesday is the council's last scheduled meeting this month. Without a positive vote to increase the sales tax, the city would then have to wait until July 1, 2018, the second and final date on the calendar when sales taxes may be increased.

Commissioner Jeffers said if the increase was rejected by the council on Tuesday, then neither he nor Decker could bring it up for a future vote.

"Strategically, I would rather not have it fail," Jeffers said Monday. "That would complicate matters."

The increased sales tax would not be levied on purchases in East Peoria on grocery items, medicine, fuel or vehicles. Purchases totaling $4,000 a year would add about $20 a year in sales tax. The increase would raise an additional $2.5 million a year.

Scott Hilyard can be reached at 686-3244 or by email at shilyard@pjstar.com. Follow @scotthilyard on Twitter.