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.
Today is Tuesday, Dec. 10, the 344th day of 2013. There are 21 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: We give "the government" the benefit of our circulation free of charge, for two advertisements for mules, horses and forage. 1888 -- 125 years ago: The official board of the First Methodist Church voted to build a new church. 1913 -- 100 years ago: W.A. Reid was elected commander of Siboney Bay Camp No. 8, United Spanish War Veterans. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Mrs. Blanche S. Osborne, of Rock Island, is the only woman in the city who is a member of the American Legion. 1963 -- 50 years ago: The Rocket Barbershop Chorus, under the direction of Howard Mesecher, will present a concert of barbershop songs at the December meeting of the Woman's Club of Moline at 2 Saturday afternoon in Scottish Rite Cathedral. 1988 -- 25 years ago: Helen A. Stone, of Moline, traded her organ's bench for a seat in the pew when she retired as church organist of Union Congregational Church, Moline, recently. She's been playing either piano or organ for the church for 61 years.