Shelbyville Daily Union

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January 17, 2014

County schools look to sales tax for financial help

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The sales tax (also known as a facilities tax) can only be used for school buildings. It cannot be used for educational materials, staff salaries and benefits, or transportation. It eases the burden on property owners and could even lower the property taxes.

“It’s the fairest tax out there. Everyone contributes,” VonSchnase said. “People have told me they buy more locally because the money goes to help their schools.”

He added that when we shop in other counties that have the facilities tax already in place. we pay for their school districts. Macon, Christian, Douglas and Champaign counties are already collecting the tax. Moultrie and Effingham counties are considering the tax at this time.

A YouTube video addressing the Illinois School Facilities Occupation Tax may be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLN9yacb4dE.

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