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To the editor:
Community leaders, Logan County school
superintendents and representatives of education, countywide,
announce to the taxpayers, voters and community members a better way
to fund schools. On April 5, voters will have the opportunity to
choose a 1 percent sales tax to fund capital improvements and
building maintenance projects in school buildings across Logan
County. A "YES" vote for the sales tax is also a vote to lower
property taxes and build a stronger educational system for Logan
"Before people go to the polls, it's important they understand
exactly what they're voting for. A 'yes' vote is the only fair and
logical choice to fund schools, as we work together to improve our
community and the education that all of our children receive," says
Stephen Rohrer, chair of the One Cent Makes Sense Committee. "This
vote is important for the future of every school district in Logan
County. Our unified effort is representative of the impact this vote
has for all students in every school throughout the county."
A "yes" vote to pass the sales tax in April would generate over
$1.8 million annually for education in Logan County. The funds would
be distributed based on district enrollment. The sales tax would not
apply to prescription drugs, vitamins, groceries, cars, farm
equipment, boats or mobile homes. The money generated from the tax
can only be designated for construction projects and building
"Every school district in Logan County will utilize revenues from
the sales tax differently, because individual districts' needs vary,
but every school district will benefit," said Lincoln High School
Superintendent Robert Bagby. "This allows some districts to use
funds now for immediate projects required by the state's life safety
and health needs, while other districts, like ours, will use the
revenue to pay off existing debt, allowing them to lower property
taxes for home or land owners."
This effort is a better way to fund schools. Because many of the
schools in Logan County are in need of critical updates and
renovations, future property tax increases are unavoidable
otherwise. This vote allows people to choose a wider and fairer way
to disperse those revenue demands to others, and not just to
property owners. If the 1 percent sales tax is not imposed, property
taxes will continue to be the only way to meet these needs, and in
many districts, taxes will go up.
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"This initiative is about more than lower property taxes: It's
about creating a healthier environment for Logan County by investing
in education, keeping jobs, and positioning our communities to
attract and retain businesses and families," said Todd Cyrulik, a
Mount Pulaski resident and member of the One Cent Makes Sense
Committee. "For Logan County to remain competitive with our
neighboring Illinois communities, we need to realize that each
community will be required to reinvest in its schools and
communities. This is the best way I know to assure that when that
reinvestment occurs, it is not only at the expense of local property
A property tax increase to meet the ongoing and future needs of
Logan County could create a financial strain on homeowners,
businesses and farmland owners. In fact, with a majority of the
property in Logan County comprised of prime farmland, much of that
burden would be placed on our farmers and landowners.
"This initiative distributes the tax contribution fairly, and the
formula makes sense. Just a penny on a dollar purchase would
generate over $1.8 million each year for education in Logan County.
That's an investment that everyone should embrace for the future of
our community and the education of our kids," Rohrer added.
Logan County is not alone in its effort to create a more
equitable revenue system for ongoing building maintenance. In the
past two years, both Macon County and Champaign County have passed
the same penny sales tax for their schools.
For more information and facts, you can visit the website
onecentmakessense.org, search Facebook for One Cent Makes Sense or
contact Crystal Alley, communications committee chair, 217-735-5687.
Todd D. Cyrulik
March 23, 2011]
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