SHELBYVILLE-Taxes could soon go up in
one Central Illinois county to help pay for facility improvements at
In Shelby County there's a proposal
for a one percent sales tax increase. That tax would be on
non-essential items like eating out at restaurants.
The money could only be used for
facility improvements, not salary or anything else.
In Shelbyville, the high school needs
a new heating system. The sticker price of that and a new roof would
be three million dollars.
They say the tax would be the only way
to pay for necessary improvements and wouldn't be as much of a burden
as raising property taxes.
"At least in our county, it's a
way to spread the burden for paying for our districts out," says
Shelbyville Superintendent Denise Bence. "Not only for all the
people who live here in shelby county, but all of our visitors who
come to the lake."
This measure has been on the ballot
two other times and failed. It will be up to voters in March, once
the Regional Office of Education certifies it, and the County Clerk
puts it on the ballot.