McLean County schools consider school sales tax increase

By WEEK Producer

March 13, 2013 Updated Mar 14, 2013 at 10:57 AM CDT

BLOOMINGTON-NORMAL, Ill. -- District 150 officials announced Monday that they are joining school districts across the state in approving a school facility sales tax.

The tax increase referendum will appear on the ballot in the 2014 general election and Peoria County voters will ultimately make the decision.

If voters approve of the tax increase next year, it would add a one percent increase in sales tax at some retail stores in Peoria County.

School officials in McLean County said a sales tax increase is something they are considering for the future.

"The finances are what they are in the state of Illinois. We don't have any major sources of revenue that we can turn to, short of a referendum or the example you gave of a county wide sales tax. But we are concentrating on the plan we have in place," said District 87 Superintendent Barry Reilly.

"Friday evening we spent the evening talking about a one cent sales tax in McLean County and that's going to be under consideration along with the regular property tax. We're not sure which way we're going yet," said Unit 5 Superintendent Dr. Gary Neihaus.

Voters in Tazewell County will have the opportunity to vote on their own school sales tax referendum in the upcoming April 9 general election.

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