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To the editor:
On March 24, 2011, the Lincoln/Logan County Chamber
of Commerce board of directors voted unanimously to endorse the
penny sales tax referendum on the April 5 ballot. The reason the
chamber voted in support of this tax "replacement" option is because
we understand the importance of investing in our schools today. It
is in our local business community's best interest that Logan County
sustains a quality educational system. Investing in our schools
delivers better quality future employees, helps us remain
competitive and attracts new families and businesses to our
Having excellent schools also helps with economic development in
our community. We cannot have excellence in our schools and students
if we have leaking roofs, faulty boilers and unsafe buildings for
our students and teachers. Our teachers and students are up against
many challenges, so it is time we take control of our own destiny
and help ourselves out locally.
This 1 percent sales tax increase option is a much more equitable
share of the financial burden of funding our schools. Not only will
everyone in our community be a part of supporting our schools, but
so will the thousands of visitors to Logan County every year.
We also consider it an important fact that the state of Illinois
will not be managing the funds generated through this funding
option. The moneys collected will go directly to the schools
educating Logan County students and can only be used to pay for
capital improvements to the buildings (i.e., maintenance, outdated
boilers, leaky roofs and drafty windows). These improvements have
the potential of decreasing annual maintenance and utility expenses.
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Currently, the only way to pay for these updates and new
construction is from government funding (which has been insufficient
for years) or by selling bonds, which increases property taxes. The
revenue from the sales tax would provide a reliable source of
revenue, will stabilize property taxes and even reduce some property
taxes in Logan County.
This increased penny sales tax cannot be assessed on many items
that residents of Logan County purchase here locally, such as food,
prescription and nonprescription medications, automobiles, farm
implements and inputs, boats, trailers, mobile homes, and some other
It has been stated by school officials that if this referendum
does not pass, our property taxes will go up. It seems to the
chamber of commerce that it only makes sense to share the financial
responsibility that we have to support our schools. We caution
voters that there is much misinformation out there about this
referendum, so please make sure you have the facts before you vote
on April 5.
Investing in our students is key to the success and growth of
Logan County. Sharing that investment responsibility with everyone,
including visitors to Logan County, is a win-win for Logan County!
Board of directors
Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of Commerce
April 01, 2011]
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