"We just did a $2.1 million project at Moulton without raising property taxes," Bence noted. Moulton Middle School replaced windows and installed a geothermal system in 2012.
"We have patched and patched. We can't patch anymore," said Cowden-Herrick superintendent Darrell Gordon. "Springfield says to consolidate. But if you consolidated five broke schools, you have one big broke school."
Shelby County is one of three area counties with the sales tax referendum on the ballot. Effingham and Coles counties are also considering the proposal.
Macon, Champaign, Christian, and Douglas counties already have the sales tax in place and are using the revenue for their school buildings.
"We are being surrounded by counties with the additional sales tax. When we shop out of county, we're helping their schools. Why not help ours," Bence said.
The proposal reads: Shall a retailers' occupation tax and a service occupation tax (commonly referred to as a "sales tax") be imposed in The County of Shelby, Illinois, at a rate of 1% to be used exclusively for school facility purposes?
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