"While this remains an outstanding question, the town understands Rivian is currently busy with production and startup, and we know this will be resolved when they start selling vehicles,” said Cathy Oloffson, a town of Normal spokeswoman.
Oloffson added, "The town isn't interested in getting deeper into hypotheticals because ultimately, this isn't something the town controls."
Community leaders say the company's contributions to the area economy far outweigh what its customers might generate in sales taxes. But the amount in question could be significant: Depending on how the sales are recorded, the town could receive hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in sales tax proceeds from Rivian vehicles — or none at all.
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