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Sales Tax for McLean County Schools

Wed, 12 Mar 2014 15:26:11 CDT
By: Charlie Schlenker

As with any political issue, there are pros and cons associated with the sales tax referendum proposed for Mclean County. Tomorrow, you'll hear from someone opposed. We start with a supporter of the measure, a local businessman who is part of the "Say Yes To Schools" campaign. It promotes a tool it says could result in nearly 18-million new dollars a year in school facilities. GLT's Charlie Schlenker has this interview...


Tomorrow, you'll hear from an opponent of the sales tax referendum who agreed to lay out his arguments, but did not wish to make a joint appearance with any referendum supporter. Today's interview as well as the one you'll hear tomorrow were completed before the Unit Five School Board publicly committed to abating three million dollars in property taxes per year for five years if the referendum passes. District 87 officials have also since indicated a support for property tax relief in exchange for a YES vote, though they haven't put anything in writing. The sales tax referendum is on the March 18th ballot in McLean County Schools, for Peoria County, and in numerous other places in Illinois.

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