District 150 Hopes for Votes on Sales Tax Hike

Published 02/25 2014 06:27PM

Updated 02/25 2014 06:29PM

PEORIA - On March 18th Peoria county residents will vote on a one percent sales tax hike and if it passes, the money will only be used for school facility upgrades.

The hike would bring in about $18-million a year. Since District 150 serves about half of the students in the county, it would get almost half of the money. The district says it's lost more than $12-million in state aid over the last three years. It desperately needs the funding for projects like new science labs. Some of the labs in its schools are more than 50 years old.

"Because it doesn't fall only on property owners, but it does then hit anybody that buys merchandise in the county including visitors. So it's a way to capture revenue from outside sources,” said District 150 interim comptroller and treasurer, Dave Kinney.

Other district projects include updates to HVAC systems. Technology upgrades and auditorium renovations. Eighteen counties in Illinois already have the one percent sales tax.

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