Campaign kicks off in support of McLean County school tax

By WEEK Producer

February 19, 2014 Updated Feb 20, 2014 at 12:17 AM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill -- In less than a month McLean County voters will decide if a new sales tax for schools will become reality.

Wednesday the group in favor of the tax kicked off its campaign.

Proposed is a one-percent sales tax across McLean County to benefit school facilities.

Those in favor include former Illinois State University President Al Bowman, along with local business owners and educators.

They say the money can be used for everything from improving school security to making improvements to the schools.

"This is already in existence in 18 other counties in the state of Illinois so it's something that is working for so many other schools. It's on the ballot for a lot of our surrounding counties," said Lisa Myszka, who is leading the campaign. "So, when I heard this was something that big and that successful I wanted to get McLean County on that ballot."

Every school board in McLean County had to support the tax to get it on the March 18th ballot.

Opponents don't like that there is no expiration for the one-percent sales tax increase.