The Bond County Community Unit 2 board of education took action Monday night to place a facilities sales tax referendum on the March 15th primary election ballot.
Voters throughout Bond County will be asked to consider the addition of a sales tax, up to one cent per $1. The motion to have the referendum was approved on a 7 to 0 vote of the board.
If approved, the money could be used for new facilities, additions and renovations, various maintenance issues, and/or to refund bonds or abate property taxes levied to pay bonds issued for capital purposes.
Mike Timmermann, board member, pointed out that the motion simply puts the issue on the ballot and allows county voters to make the ultimate decision.
Timmermann said the district is in a “very tight situation” as it is difficult to cover operations and maintenance, with much of their current revenue streams being claimed by other expenses.
Click below to hear Timmermann express his thoughts on the facility sales tax proposal:
Board Chairman Edmar Schreiber also said he believes the issue should be settled with a public vote.
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If the referendum is approved, not only Unit 2, but Mulberry Grove Unit 1 and other surrounding districts that have students who live in Bond County, would receive portions of the sales tax money.
The sales tax would be applied to everything in the municipal and county sales tax base except for vehicles and boats sold; mobile homes; unprepared food; drugs, including over-the-counter and vitamins; and farm equipment and parts. If it is not currently taxed, it will not be taxed.