A1 percent sales tax, the proceeds of which would be divided proportionally among county schools, was approved Tuesday night by voters from Henry and Mercer counties.
In Henry County, a preliminary count of the votes indicated the referendum passed with 4,202 votes for the measure and 3,442 against, according to election officials. In Mercer County, 2,353 voters approved the measure, while 1,667 rejected it.
In Mercer County, three school districts will benefit from the measure: Sherrard, Mercer County and United. According to numbers provided by the Illinois Department of Revenue, Mercer County would split $640,000 among the three districts.
In Henry County, nine school districts would split the proceeds of the collections there. Estimates are that the 1-cent tax would bring in about $3 million annually for Henry County schools.
Not everything will be subject to the additional 1 percent tax. Cars, trucks and ATVs won't be affected, nor will pharmaceutical drugs, farm equipment, farm parts, farm inputs or unprepared food, such as that sold in grocery or other retail stores.
The sales tax revenue only can be used to address ongoing maintenance and repair projects in schools such as roofs, heating and air conditioning, asbestos abatement and renovations. The money cannot be used for salaries, textbooks, buses or computers.
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