1% schools facilities tax vote next Tuesday...deal or no deal
Perry County voters next Tuesday go to the polls to vote for or against something called the Illinois School Facility Occupation Tax. It would add a one-cent sales tax to the current retail sales taxes paid on applicable items you buy. The revenue can only be spent by the schools in two ways: 1.) building repairs or construction and 2.) using it to abate a portion of the real estate tax we pay. The tax now exists in Jackson, Randolph, Williamson and Franklin Counties. For voters in Perry County, it’s a reasonable solution to fund the replacement of a $1 million roof on the 17-year-old Du Quoin Middle School, but the vote comes in a bad economy where voters are sick and tired of more taxes and utility rate increases--water, electric and cable television.
Mar 31, 2015 9:00 AM