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Soccer and YMCA Booster Declines To Compare Project With School Referendum

Wed, 21 Aug 2013 17:01:22 CDT
By: Charlie Schlenker

A leading organizer of the drive to raise sales taxes for soccer fields and a community center in Bloomington Normal says he doesn't want to compare his project to any others. Dave Magers of Citizens Advocating for Area Youth says he won't comment on the potential for a sales tax referendum to fund school facilities in the county.

   
I think the community will make that decision. If the community supports this project and the funding mechanism and the community is fully aware of the competing instances, they will make that decision for us."

Magers is part of a coalition asking for $32 million over eight years to build a soccer complex in Normal and a YMCA in south Bloomington. Unit Five could choose a property tax or a sales tax referendum to build new schools to ease overcrowding. Sales taxes for schools would continue beyond the next construction project. But, several such measures failed in other areas in the last election cycle.

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