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Unit Five Likely to Approve County Wide Sales Tax

Unit Five's board meeting begins at 7 p.m. And the agenda includes a county wide sales tax.
NORMAL - A school board's actions could have a big impact on the future of public schools in McLean County.

Unit Five's board meeting begins at 7 p.m. And the agenda includes a county wide sales tax.

The 1 percent tax could mean an extra $16 million in yearly revenue which would go toward making repairs at different schools, including Olympia in Stanford.

Since unit five has the most students of any district in the county, the decision could determine whether the issue goes onto the ballots in March.

School leaders say the tax is the best way to help the schools.

"With two interstates, actually three, with the amount of tourism and amount of universities with students in place, it really does give us a good solid base to draw from,” said Dr. Gary Niehaus, superintendent of Unit Five.

District 87 is also expected to vote on the county wide sales tax. Unit Five will also set its property tax levy and discuss other end of the year business.

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