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April 5 ballot question for retailers' occupation tax -- New Holland-Middletown

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To the editor:

On April 5, 2011, the voters will be asked this question: "Shall the county of Logan, Illinois be authorized to impose a retailers' occupation tax and a service occupation tax to be used exclusively for school facility purposes?"

If approved by a majority of the voters, the countywide sales tax will not be collected for groceries, vehicle purchases, prescription drugs, medicine, medical supplies, farm machinery, farm parts, car repairs or haircuts.

Money generated can only be used for school facility purposes, such as new roofs, energy conservation, safety, security and disability access. In our situation, we could use the money generated to correct life safety issues, such as upgrading our fire suppression system in the kitchen or replacing the gym floor, which is in very bad shape. We also have a roof that will soon need to be replaced.

Up to this point, property taxes have funded most of the money needed for schools. By passing this sales tax, it is hoped that the money will be spread over a larger number of people. Over 1 million people travel through, or shop in, Logan County each year. Every one of those people who spend money in Logan County will help support our education system.

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Academic performance of our students is paramount. By maintaining the physical condition of our school, we will have facilities which are attractive and contribute to the economic growth of our county.

Children make up 50 percent of our population but they are 100 percent of our future.

If you have any questions, stop by or call Dr. Terry Scandrett, 217-445-2421.


Terry Scandrett, Ed.D.
Superintendent, New Holland-Middletown Elementary

[Posted March 24, 2011]

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