GERMANTOWN HILLS — The Illinois School Facilities Tax Public Act will officially appear on the April 9 ballot for a vote in Woodford County.
The required 51 percent of schools approved of the tax.
“Of the nine school districts in Woodford County, eight schools have passed a resolution already,” Dan Mair, Germantown Hills District 69 superintendent, announced at the Jan. 17 Chamber of Commerce meeting.
During the Germantown Hills Chamber of Commerce dinner Jan. 23, Dr. Tim Kaufman, Germantown Hills Chamber of Commerce president, made an announcement regarding the sales tax. He announced how Woodford County school districts will use the funding from that tax increase, if passed, as well as how much funding each school would receive because of the tax.
Metamora Township High School would receive $180,000 annually from the tax; Metamora Grade School would receive $60,000; Germantown Hills School District 69 would receive $200,000.
However, Kaufman said he could not show support for or against the tax increase.
“As a school board member, I’m not allowed to take a position,” Kaufman said. “I’m simply telling you to go vote on it.”
Even if residents vote “yes” for the tax, a six-month period must pass in order for the ordinance to go into effect. Woodford County schools would not receive any funding from the tax within that time frame.
The funds received from the tax can be used for facility-related expenses only. These range from land acquisition, to building new facilities, architectural planning, fire prevention, energy conservation and the like.
The tax cannot be imposed on grocery items, prescription and non-prescription medicine and similar non-taxable goods. Anyone shopping in the Woodford County area would contribute to school facility’s funding with the tax.
If voters approve of the tax in Woodford County, the next step would be to pass an ordinance, file the ordinance with the Illinois Department of Revenue and file election results with the department.